#279 – One Little Owl, Singalong Storybook #3 by Kenneth K. Guilmartin & Lili M. Levinowitz

One Little Owl book cover art2012 MOM’S CHOICE AWARD

One Little Owl (Music Together® Singalong Storybook#3)

by Kenneth K. Guilmartin & Lili M. Levinowitz

Nancy Meyers, illustrator

Music Together

5 Stars

Back Cover:  Count the creatures, starting with “One Little Owl,” as they all sit in the old oak tree—until it’s had quite enough.

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One Little Owl is the third children’s book out from the Music Together Singalong Storybook Collection, which began in November 2012 with Hello Everybody!  The second storybook, She Sells Sea Shells has won multiple awards since its debut.

The newest, One Little Owl, is a counting book using various animals, all sitting in an oak tree “talking.”  The owls say “whoo whoo,” the squirrels “sftz sftz sftz,” as more animals perch on tree limbs, the old oak begins to lose the strength needed to keep its limbs straight, stiff, and safe.”  Soon the tree cries out as it leans to the right, dumping out its occupants.  What child doesn’t love to imitate animals?  With the turning of each page kids and will get the opportunity to show off their imitative skills.

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One Little Owl is the best of the series to date.  The words flow from your lips and the pace remains consistent.  Each spread brings a new animal yet the narration repeats itself, helping children remember what they have read.  One Little Owl, designed for the pre-literacy crowd of ages one to five (baby to Pre-K), correctly uses repetition, which helps the physical development of a child’s brain.

I would change two things.  First, spell the word “singalong” correctly:  sing-along or sing along.  I would also change the number of animal sounds.  The original:

One little owl said whoo, whoo.

Two little owls said whoo, whoo.

Three little owls said whoo, whoo,

as they sat in the old oak tree.

Since this is a counting book, I would change the set of animal sounds to this:

One little owl said whoo.

Two little owls said whoo, whoo.

Three little owls said whoo, whoo, whoo,

as they sat in the old oak tree.

Lyrically this may not work.  Whatever your opinion, you can change this as you read to your child, or leave it as originally written.   What is best is what works best for you and your children.

The illustrations from this debut children’s picture book illustrator are colorful, whimsical, and sure to please both parent and child.  Little fingers will have no trouble pointing to each of the animals as they count them, even when the tree fills to over-capacity.  The expressive eyes on all, including the old oak tree, will tickle your funny bone.  In addition to the story, One Little Owl contains suggested activities and a short biography of the song.

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But wait, I haven’t added the music that accompanies the book.  Parents and children can read or sing the text, making it quite versatile.  The sheet music, with lyrics, is included for the musically inclined.  Go to the Music Together website for a CD containing One Little Owl.  If not interested in the complete CD, each song, including One Little Owl, is available as individual downloads.*  One mp3 file will set you back 99¢.

One Little Owl is my favorite of all the Music Together storybooks.  The Music Together folks have years of experience working with children and parents.  Music Together has classes all over the world, all using music as a learning tool for kids ages baby to five.  One Little Owl is the third storybook that coordinates with the classes, but is also a great tool for parents teaching their child to count.  Repetition, nice pacing, illustrations that stimulate imaginations, and added activities are just a few of the standout features of this pre-K storybook.

My opinion is a bit less wordy.  One Little Owl is a fun book.

song download included with book purchase.  Also available in Japanese.

One Little Owl (Music Together® Singalong Storybook#3)

by Kenneth K. Guilmartin & Lili M. Levinowitz
Nancy Meyers, illustrator    website    blog    facebook
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Released on February 14, 2013     
ISBN: 978-0-9855719-4-8
32 pages
Ages: 0 to 5

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Copyright © 2013 by Music Together, used with permission
Text: copyright © 2013 by Kenneth K. Guilmartin & Lili M. Levinowitz
Illustrations: copyright © 2013 by Nancy Meyers

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DONATED TO LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY

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10 thoughts on “#279 – One Little Owl, Singalong Storybook #3 by Kenneth K. Guilmartin & Lili M. Levinowitz

    • Happy Birthday, one day late, to you too! Honestly, I listened to the song and on the tape is was awful. Hurt my ears awful. Maybe it sounds better with a bunch of little voices and no horn instrument squealing in the background.

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    • Thanks Erik. I like the illustrations too. Sometimes those illustrations can make a lackluster book terrific. But this isn’t a lackluster book, by any means. Nice to “see” you Erik.

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    • Is this class a Music Together class? That is where this book is from and it is suppose to be one of the more popular songs. The first two were Hello Everybody (a greeting song done at the beginning of classes). I’m glad it really works. I think this third book/song is a winner.

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  1. You know I love a sing along! I’ve spent many hours supervising student teachers in PreK classes, and the more they sing, the better I like it! This looks great. How high does it count?? The tree looks pretty full by three!

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    • There are three owls, three squirrels, three crows, three cats, and three parents for a total of fifteen. Then the tree says, “Oh no! All of these things are sitting on me!” The tree then unceremoniously dumps everything off its limbs onto the ground with a “Thud!” So, it must only takes fifteen creatures sitting on an old oak tree to make it sway.

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