One Bird Band
Little Steps, 2022
32pp., pbk., RRP $A16.95
With its rinky-dink-dink, rat-a-tat-tat, toot-a-toot-toot, and clang-a-clang-CLANG, the little bird really is a one-bird-band, But as it makes its way through the jungle, it discovers other creatures who are really sad and to cheer them up, it gives away its instruments one at a time, until it has none left. Now it is the sad one! But then…
While the main focus of the story is the concept of sharing, little readers could have fun deciding which instruments make each sound, and then perhaps even discover what noises other instruments make and suggest vocabulary for them in the style of the author. What would their one-man-band sound like? While onomatopoeia is a big word for little mouths, it can be a lot of fun as the child pays attention to the sounds around and increases their vocabulary so this is a charming story to share and build on.