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Member Name: Whizz11
Row, Row, Row Your Boat - David Ellwand
Advantages: Cute teddies, music and words
Row row row your boat
David Ellwand has a brilliant way of bringing a classic children's song and wonderful pictures of teddy bears together to create a magical teddy-sing-a-long book.
Row row Row your boat is one of my little boy and girls favourite songs and we love sitting down and doing the actions and thanks to this book we have learnt a lot more different verses that are really quite funny.
This book is a sound and action book and in the bottom right hand corner is a big round red button that you press and "Row Row Row your boat." comes ringing out. It's the kind of button that you can't change the battery on so once it's gone and starts to play slow and distorted this part of the book is a bit un-useful but you still have the words and the pictures. We have some of the other David Ellwand books and they all seem to be working perfectly but unfortunately on this book the music doesn't play any more, we just get the first few notes and then a bit of a sound like a drowning cat and then the music shuts out!
Each page then has a verse from the song written down at the top and allows us to sing along with the song. Just to give you an example, some different verses that exist that I never kew about include:
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the brook
If you catch a little fish
let it off the hook
Row, row, row your boat
gently up the river
If you see a penguin there
don't forget to shiver!
and our all time favourite that we like to scream along too:
Paddle paddle paddle your boat
gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile
don't forget to scream
Each scenario then has photos of lovely teddies in a rowing boat doing the different action that corresponds to the verse. For example in the fishing scene we see two teddies sitting in a boat with fishing poles catching some fish. The teddies are really quite old fashioned collectors teddies and the photos and scenes they are in are very clever and really quite cute. It's funny to see teddies in everyday adult situations and this is what makes the book for me.
The book is a tough board book and so will hold up to quite a bit of heavy reading, chewing etc. I love the pictures of the teddies, they are so cute looking and it's fun to look at the different outfits they all have on. Each of the pages are bright and colourful and very eye catching, great for young children and a fun song to sing along to.
The book costs £6.99, has an ISBN 978-1-90723-112-4, is published by Baker and Taylor UK and written by David Ellwand.
Summary: Row Row Row your boat - David Ellwand