The Neighborhood Sing-Along

Nina Crews
HarperCollins Children’s Books (2011)
ISBN 9780061850639
Reviewed by Madison (Age5), Hailey (Age 2) and Mom for Reader Views (6/4)


"The Neighborhood Sing-Along" is a book that takes thirty-four classic children’s songs and puts them to illustrations children can relate to. Taking the neighborhood into account, Nina Crews displays each song to an illustrated area of town or places that most children will probably see over the course of their day. Songs like “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” which is illustrated by a little league game are sure to have you and your child singing away. Other songs included in this title are “The Wheels on the Bus”, “Hush, Little Baby”, “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”, “There’s a Hole in the Bucket” and “Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?”
Madison’s Thoughts: 
It’s a book of songs! I like John Jacob Jingleheimer Smiss! It’s my favorite. I like listening to mommy sing the songs. She doesn’t know all of them. I like the pictures!
Hailey’s Thoughts:
Sing the baby song! It’s a lullaby! I like the kids and babies too! I want the baby one. [Hush Little Baby] Can you find it? It’s my favorite. I love the baby lullaby.
Mom’s Thoughts: 
It was hard to get the girls thoughts on this book because they were so focused on singing the songs! They wanted hand motions for the songs that had them and tunes for every song in the book. My only complaint about this book is that it doesn’t come with a companion CD. While I was able to just read the words, like a story, to the songs I didn’t know, the girls were not completely satisfied with it. They wanted to know the tune of the song and wanted me to sing it. I also could have used some help with the foreign words to a few of the songs in the book, though there were not many and some of them I knew well enough.
Overall, I found this book really helpful! These songs have been around for generations! I had forgotten most of the words to some of these songs. It was fun to sing them to the girls. They love reading this book and looking at the wonderful illustrations. I really like the pictures that are placed throughout the book. It is well done from a visual standpoint. I learned the song “This Little Light of Mine” in church and the rendition in the book is different. Though I’m not sure where it originated, the wording may not be correct if you're used to the religious version. Thirty four wonderful songs are placed in this book for parents to share with children! I would recommend it, though I do wish it had a CD included, especially for the price.

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