Through author's notes and songs written with students, Seskin shows readers how to come up with a title, create lyrics and rhymes, and use emotion and imagery. Each song appears with an original illustration by a top artist. The accompanying CD, which features this spirited collection of songs performed by Steve and a chorus of kids--plus four instrumental tracks to pair with new lyrics--will inspire readers to put their own feelings, whether silly or sincere, to paper and write a song of their own.
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It's here! "Don't Laugh at Me" is now a children's book/CD package. With lyrics by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin, and illustrations by Glin Dibley, this book will comfort anyone who has ever been bullied or made fun of. The hardcover book includes an afterword by Peter Yarrow from Peter, Paul and Mary; music, lyrics and chords for the song; and a CD with two versions of the song - one by Steve and Allen, and an instrumental version for singing along. It is a Reading Rainbow book, published by Tricycle Press, a division of Ten Speed Press.
For more information on the Don't Laugh at Me Project that teaches tolerance in schools, visit here.
Para más información sobre el proyecto “No te rías de mí” que enseña tolerancia en escuelas, visita www.dontlaugh.org.
He was a little bit weird.
He wore trash can shoes,
had a scraggly beard.
He'd talk to the pigeons
in front of Dad's store.
I often wondered what
he was sitting there for.
Through the eyes of a young boy, readers meet Joe, a neighborhood man down on his luck. One day, the boy's father makes Joe a deal: sweep the sidewalk each morning and he can count on his meals. From that day on, the boy begins to recognize changes in this man his father hired—and when he's made stock boy, his new boss is Joe. Back at school the boy is inspired to interact with kids he used to ignore, and he realizes that Joe isn't the only one who's changed.
Seskin and Shamblin's lyrical first-person narrative blends seamlessly with Christie's lush acrylic and gouache illustrations in this story about an act of compassion that makes a big difference.
• The best-selling authors of DON'T LAUGH AT ME team up with Coretta Scott King Honor recipient R. Gregory Christie to show children that there are ways to overcome a first impression.
• Based on a song, the book includes a CD recorded by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin plus an instrumental version for sing-alongs.
• Musical score included.