"Playtime Rhymes"

Join in the fun—all rhyme—all the time in Marc Brown’s “Playtime Rhymes: A Treasury for Families to Learn and Play Together,” the November Baby Buzz Pick chosen by Parent Educators with the Washington School District.

Each month the group, in partnership with The Missourian, selects a quality picture book for children birth to age 5. A review of the Baby Buzz Pick appears in the second weekend issue of The Missourian. The parent educators purchase additional copies of the Baby Buzz Picks to use in their parent educator program.

The following review was written by area literacy advocate Nancy Nagel.

“Everything old is new again in this recently published collection of nursery rhymes with accompanying finger plays. Twenty different rhymes are featured. Each page spread contains the rhyme in large print, along with delightful soft-colored illustrations. Each line of the rhyme is preceded by a box with pictorial instructions for the finger movements.

“Old favorites such as "Five Little Pigs" are included, “This little pig went to market. This little pig stayed home. This little pig had roast beef, this little pig had none, this little pig cried wee, wee, wee, all the way home!” More recent rhymes such as "the Wheels on the Bus" also are included.

“Marc Brown is the creator of the ‘Arthur Adventure’ book series and creative producer of the children's PBS television series ‘Arthur.’ The art and design for this book were inspired by early 20th children's books from the author's collection.

“In the introduction, Brown writes, ‘I would like to dedicate this book, and all the joy that went into making the art, to Mother Goose. From what I know, it was her son-in-law, Thomas Fleet of Pudding Lane in Boston, who collected her ‘melodies’ and first published them in 1719. And we are all so grateful that he did.’

“Nursery rhymes and fingerplays help young children develop early literacy skills. Why not take time at family gatherings during the upcoming holiday season to explore some of these fingerplays?

“Cuddle up on the couch with a young child in your family and pick out a favorite rhyme. Go over the finger movements together, gently guiding your little one's hands until the movements are easy. Then show off your new-found skill to the rest of the family.”

Other parent educator favorites this month are “Daisy Gets Lost,” by Chris Raschka, “The Tortoise and the Hare,” by Jerry Pinkney, “We Love Each Other, a Board Book,” by Yuseke Yonezu, “The Big Snow,” by Jonathan Bean, and “The Nowhere Box,” by Sam Zuppardi.