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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows kids how many sounds there are all around them at home, outside, at school, everywhere. Even silence at night when we go to bed gets a mention.
"So many sounds to hear!" wherever you are. "Noises come from all around."
Positive Role Models
The little boy is attuned to the sounds around him. He has a loving family. His mom is brown-skinned like he is; his dad is white. His classmates are diverse.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tim McCanna's So Many Sounds is a simple, colorful exploration of all kinds of sounds -- from the ones kids hear at home ("Toaster pops. Bacon sizzles.") to things they hear in the classroom ("Pencils scratch, and papers rustle.") to sounds on the street ("Taxis honk, and sirens blast.") and in nature ("Chipmunks chitter. Sparrows tweet."). And there's also music ("Plucking! Trilling! Ringing! Drumming!"). It's a wonderful read-aloud that helps kids be more attuned to all the sounds in their world. It's also a good bedtime book, as it ends when the house is quiet and everyone's asleep after their busy day.
Is It Any Good?
This lively catalog of common sounds at home, school, on the street, and in nature offers a fun way for kids to think about the familiar sounds all around them. So Many Sounds is great for preschoolers who love trucks, planes, firetrucks, and police cars -- and who get excited when they hear them coming. It also helps them be aware of sounds in nature, like birds chirping and thunder rumbling. It's a great read-aloud that will keep kids engaged, and Andy J. Miller's colorful, stylized cartoon art makes it easy for kids to understand what's going on.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.