Friday, September 27, 2013

Sage's Song - a book review

Quote of the day:   "I consider as lovers of books not those who keep their books hidden in their store-chests and never handle them, but those who, by nightly as well as daily use them, thumb them, batter them, wear them out, who fill the margins annotations of many kinds, and who prefer the marks of a fault they have erased to a neat copy full of faults.
                                             ~Desiderius Erasmus

Title:  Sage's Song
Author: Karen Kilpatrik
Illustrator: Matthew Wilson

This cute book is a valuable lesson in being still and discovering the amazing art of "listening."  We are so bombarded with daily man-made noises that we are totally blocked from the beautiful sounds that nature produces in our world.  This book pays homage to restoring that lost art -the art of listening- back into our lives so we can embrace the wonder of nature's soundtrack that is provided for our listening pleasure.

Sage is a lively little toddler who rattles her drum, claps her hands, stomps her feet and really gets into life. She loves to make music!  When she finally stills herself, she discovers a world of music  that completely surrounds her in its simplest form.  Her sensory exploration teaches her to take time to tune in to the birds tweeting, the dogs barking and the bees buzzing which are all natural, musical sounds indeed.  Sage 's Song reminds us to slow down, enjoy the little things in life, be always observant and alert to all that is going on around us and to drink it all in deeply.

 This sweet, rhythmic story has charming, kid-friendly illustrations that are bursting with colour,  are bold, inviting, and very expressive.  The text is overly big,  calling you to a fun read.  It was the illustration on the front cover of the book that drew me in to begin with.  It is a perfect bedtime story for your little one as in conclusion, after all the sounds have been made and the movements performed,  you can finally turn out the light and listen to the sounds that envelop still........what do you hear?......nothing....that's right... time for sleep little one......Goodnight!

About the author:

 Karen Kilpatrick communicates best with the 2-6 year old crowd so this is how she explains herself to them:

Name: Karen Favorite Color: All the colors in the rainbow Favorite Dessert: Mint ice cream with chocolate chips and caramel! Favorite Movie: Most animated ones (and if this is not an acceptable answer, Wreck it Ralph was really cute) Favorite Job: Mommy to three kids & writing stories for all kids Favorite Game: This one. She believes you can learn a lot about people from the favorite game.

About the Illustrator: 

Matthew Wilson

My career in animation began in early 1991, at the young age of 17 when I was taken under the personal direction of the classic Walt Disney trained animator, John Ewing, who was himself trained by the nine old men of Disney. I gained a solid foundation in the classic traditions passed down by the forefathers of the art. I have worked as an animator on both Warner Brothers and Disney TV series, such as Steven Spielberg’s Tiny Toons and Animaniacs, Disney’s Timon and Pumbaa, Hercules and Duck Daze to name a few.

                           Reading Review Rating:    ( 8 Fantastic!)
Read on and read always!   Stop today and listen to your world with your child! 

*Thank you NetGalley for sending me a digital copy of this book to review.  No money was exchanged and I was free to review with my own thoughts on the book. 

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