Yankee Doodle
Author: Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrator: Nadine Bernard Westcott
Pages: 32
Publisher/Date: Little, Brown/Time Warner Book Group/2004
ISBN: 0316145513
Age Levels: 4-8

Book Review

In this terrific new twist on an old favorite, Yankee Doodle not only goes to town, but he meets a girl walking a poodle. "Good day, said he, please ride with me. / My name is Yankee Doodle." Off the threesome trot. Soon they meet up with a toad, and then an old rooster singing cock-a-doodle.

After all the riding, singing, prancing and dancing, the merry little band is quite ravenous. "Then someone got a good idea / (Perhaps it was the poodle's) / To open up a restaurant / Called Yankee Doodle's Noodles."

The eatery is a huge success. And while they served such epicurean delights as salami and baloney, cold lemonade, and apple strudel, the customers loved best of all the cheese and macaroni.

The story ends on the fourth of July, when the happy group marches in a parade singing, of course, "Yankee Doodle."

The final page, titled, "More fun with Yankee Doodle," includes five age-appropriate activities for enrichment.

The high-energy, playful illustrations, some double-page, some full-page, are done in ink and watercolor.

Classroom Uses: The book works well on several levels. Perfect for read-alouds (and sing-alouds) it is also appropriate for independent readers and sharing one-on-one. We took this book into a first grade classroom and read/sang it aloud. Afterward, individual students begged for the book so they could go back and examine all the small details in the pictures, many of which caused giggling fits.

Reviewed by the teachers at Education Oasis
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About the Author

Mary Ann Hoberman is a poet and the critically acclaimed author of many books for children, including the beloved A House Is a House for Me, which won a National Book Award. Ms. Hoberman gives readings in libraries and schools, and her poems are included in countless anthologies. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

About the Illustrator

Nadine Bernard Westcott is well known for her award-winning renditions of classic tales. The creator of more than fifty picture books, she also designs a popular line of greeting cards featuring her artwork. Ms. Westcott lives in Nantucket, Massachusetts.


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