Friday, April 4, 2014

Hi, Koo!

Title: Hi, Koo!
Author and Illustrator: Jon J. Muth
Publisher: February 25th 2014 by Scholastic Press
Format: Hardcover; Pgs 32
Genre: Children's
Ages: 4 - 8 years; Grade Level: Preschool - 3

Hi, Koo! is actually written in Haiku which I am sure will be way over your young reader’s understanding, but for the adult, it is a fun way to reintroduce this form of poetry.

Haiku traditionally is made up of seventeen sounds, but English syllables and Japanese “on” are not the same. Since traditions change, sounds are not strictly adhered to and this book takes on the more non-traditional English version of the five-seven-five syllable pattern.

In this book, Koo, an adorable panda, takes the reader through the seasons adding delight with each page and each new adventure.

Unlike traditional children’s books, there is not the comfortable rhythm that most books of the genre use. It will come across as choppy and you might lose your child’s attention, and if that is so, just use the beautiful illustrations and let your child tell you the story.

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