If there is one thing I may, possibily, love more than books, it is music. (Though, in the end I think it may be a tie.) So I instantly fell in love with "What A Wonderful World," a recreation in a book for children of the famous Louis Armstrong classic.
You can grab not only the book on Amazon, but the song in either CD or MP3 version (if just thinking about Louis Armstrong's music makes your ears tingle and you just can't wait for it to be shipped).
This would be a great calming bedtime story, and the Greatest Hits album is perfect, because it has "What a Wonderful World" first, and then a bunch of Louis' renowned love songs after that for the adults to enjoy once the little ones are aleep. ;-)
Books for Children Ages: 0 - 5 years old
Recommended for Family Reading: Yes
Related Discussion Topics: Music, different kinds of music, jazz, ways to express your feelings, Louis Armstrong, musical instruments, things you love about the world.
- Create your own trumpets by decorating toilet paper or papertowl rolls and put on a concert. (Skills: fine motor, social, music)
- Put on a Louis Armstrong album, or your other favorite music. Dance fast for the fast songs, slow for the slow songs, and freeze when the music ends, or if someone presses pause. (Skills: music, listening, gross motor)
- Get out the finger paints and paint a picture of what you think makes the world most beautiful (Skills: fine motor, imagination)
Culture Differences: Louis Armstrong is one of the greats of jazz music, how wonderful to be able to introduce that to your children in an age appropriate way.
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful