Paul Meisel has illustrated many books for children, including Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?, Energy Makes Things Happen, and What Happens to Our Trash? in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. He lives in Newtown, Connecticut.
A classic Sesame Street song becomes a cheerful picture book about children's universal thoughts and feelings. Throughout these pages, youngsters differentiated by race, nationality, gender or geography join hands and sing: "We all sing with the same voice,/ The same song,/ The same voice./ We all sing with the same voice,/ And we sing in harmony." In a succinct and easy-to-understand style, the lyrics go straight to the heart, addressing such themes as family ("I have sisters one two three./ In my family there's just me./ I've got one daddy./ I've got two"), pets or the expression of emotions ("Sometimes I get mad and mean./ Sometimes I feel happy./ And when I want to cry I do"). Miller and Greene's idealistic vision of inclusion and acceptance is one that readers can easily embrace. Meisel (How to Talk to Your Cat) infuses the proceedings with joyÄsmiling, vibrantly clad children and caring adults populate his sunny scenes. A CD recording of the song from 1982 is packaged with this book. Ages 3-7. (Jan.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
"There's an infectious cheerfulness that's right on target for a young audience." -- ALA Booklist "A wonderful family book." -- The News Chief "Miller and Greene's idealistic vision of inclusion and acceptance is one that readers can easily embrace." -- Publisher's Weekly
PreS-K-With bright colors and lively lyrics, this book-and-CD set breathes new life into an old favorite. The text is a song that was originally recorded by the Sesame Street house band in 1982. The themes of understanding one another's cultures and the similarities among children all over the world lend themselves to the fresh, bold cartoon-style paintings of children singing (no Muppets in sight). The illustrations range from four to a page depicting the youngsters in their different environments-"I live in southern France./I'm from a Texas ranch./I come from Mecca and Peru"-to full double-page spreads of all the youngsters in their local dress singing together. Used with the CD, this will be especially useful for those who want to add music to their picture-book and preschool programs. The catchy recording will have children (and adults) singing long after the book has been closed.-Genevieve Ceraldi, Donnell Library Center, New York Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.