Friday, January 20, 2012
Children's Book Review: Everybody Gets The Blues
Everybody Gets The Blues
Written by: Leslie Staub
Pictures by: R.G. Roth
Published by: Harcourt Children's Books, 2012
Everybody gets the blues sometimes—dogs and cats, moms and dads, even tiny babies. Just take a look around. If you help someone else who’s feeling sad, you might find that your blues are gone. Or maybe the Blues Guy will come along, to listen or sing the blues with you and sit by your side. A native of New Orleans, Leslie Staub wrote this story after experiencing Hurricane Katrina. Yet this book’s rhythmic, bluesy text and hip, eye-catching illustrations are just right for anyone who’s ever felt those mysterious feelings of sadness—then found that hope and sunnier skies are close at hand.
* The title of the story says it all. Yes, everybody gets the blues. In rhyming text this book helps children affirm that it's okay to feel sad and blue sometimes. I really enjoyed the big, trumpet-playing Blues Guy. Since we read this before bed, we told the kids that there's music called "the blues" that we would have them listen to tomorrow. This would be a great book for preschoolers when teaching about feelings.
Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.