Saturday, 23 November 2013

Baby Elephant Walk

Baby Elephant Walk [with CD] by Hal David and Henry Mancini, illustrations by Rhiannon Mowat (Scholastic Australia)
HB RRP $24.99
ISBN 978-1-74283-418-4
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

Baby Elephant Walk is a vibrant and happy picture book version of a well known song by Hal David and Henry Mancini. Composed in 1961, Baby Elephant Walk is still widely used. Mancini’s tune is an addictive and catchy one which Mowat captures with lively illustrations that seem to move to this musical beat, in sync with the lyrics.

Make believe you’re in a jungle movie
See the baby elephants go by 
The beat is groovy
It’s a brand new dance you ought to try.

The animals that dance through this book are energetic and charismatic, portrayed in an environment of gentle, soft colours and lush jungle life. This will appeal enormously to young children.

The accompanying CD features the fabulous and instantly recognisable voice of Jay Laga’aina who brings a magical energy to all he sings. I’m sure it will have all listeners joining in, and humming the tune well after the book has been closed.

Join the conga line and dance your way through jungle with these sweet and rhythmic animals in Baby Elephant Walk.

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