Sunday, March 4, 2012

Book #64: Soon Baboon Soon by Dave Horowitz

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This colorful book is full of crazy drumming monkeys, lemurs, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans. They play percussion instruments of all kinds in a joyful celebration. But when little Baboon wants to play his triangle they keep telling him, “Soon, Baboon, soon.” Finally Baboon gets his chance to shine and with a “ting” of the triangle the audience goes wild.

The jazzy rhyming text is very brief, just a word or two per page, and is full of onomatopoeias. The painterly illustrations feature primates of all kinds, some playing with abandon, others with blasé attitudes. The purple and white endpapers are covered with different types of percussion instruments, from a conga to a trap set, a tambourine to pots and pans.

This book is great for toddlers who love to make noise. Use the book to learn numbers by counting primates and drums. Additionally, the colors are vibrant pinks, yellows, greens, blues, and reds. As you read, look at the different characters and point out the color of their clothes, fur, and drums.

Follow up with Monkey See, Monkey Do, an action rhyme with lots of clapping and stomping. You can also try the Ten Little Monkeys fingerplay, which can easily be turned into a flannelboard.


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