Why did we select this book?
Both the bold, bright illustrations and the setting of this traditional American song in Africa drew us to this book. The best thing about this book is the picture cues in the text. This is called a rebus and it invites your child to read along with you by looking at the picture and saying the word. This is an early form of reading and is great practice for children starting to understand that text stands for the words we say. In this case, the picture stands for the word we say. This understanding of representation is a critical phase in literacy development that you can support just by having fun together!