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"One of the more unusual aspects of the promotional push is an original They All Saw a Cat song and video, replete with hand motions, by singer-songwriter Emily Arrow, who has created tunes for several other Chronicle books. Kids have been singing and playing along at various appearances and online, according to Chronicle senior children’s book publicist Lara Starr."
1: It's Simple To Learn
From kids to parents to teachers, ukulele is a simple instrument with only four strings. All size fingers can reach most chord shapes.
I recommend beginning ukulele with kiddos ages 6 and up.
One of my favorite books for beginning adults is THE DAILY UKULELE.
2: The Price Is Right
Ukuleles are affordable and accessible. There are three popular sizes of ukuleles. Soprano, tenor, and bass. I recommend tenor ukuleles and swear by the brand Kala. Here are my uke gift recommendations:
Kala Soprano Ukulele $54.99
Kala Tenor Ukulele $74.99
*Tip: If you dip below spending around $50, you'll end up with a "toy" that won't stay in tune and will ultimately frustrate vs. inspire. It's worth the investment to give a quality gift.
3: Take it anywhere.
Ukuleles are durable and portable. You can practice in the backseat of a car, in a park, at school-everyone loves to watch! Plus, learn to play all of your favorite songs after learning about 4 chord shapes.
Funny story: I began playing my Kala ukulele in a burrito shop in Boston! You can literally learn anywhere.
4: A Gift That Will Keep On Giving
Music is a lifestyle, a hobby, a communal activity. The gift of an instrument could be the start of a kid's future music career or lifelong appreciation for the arts. A ukulele could be the first step for a tired teacher to have a new excitement about her classroom for the new year. An instrument is an opportunity to add an extra bit of joy in someone's life. How can you resist? :)
Photos in article by Alex Crawford Photography.
Prepare for our spooky and silly show by reading these awesome fall books:
-CRANKENSTEIN by Samantha Berger & Dan Santat
-YOUR ALIEN by Tammi Sauer & Goro Fujita
*watch my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFEoISs7ai0
-LEO: A GHOST STORY by Mac Barnett & Christian Robinson
*watch my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6bgx_amHJY
1) The People
So many amazing authors, illustrators and literacy experts. Check out this year's line up. It was insane.
2) The Attendees
Cool kids, invested educators.
3) The Energy
I felt inspired and supported by the amazing Plum Creek and Concordia community.
I even wrote and performed a LITTLE TREE Song while I was there, inspired by Loren Long's beautiful book.
4) The Organization
It's very rare something runs smoothly and according to plan. This does! Thanks to the fab Dylan Teut. They even have cupcakes.