GQ GQ, Where Are You?
by Sharon I. Ritt
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publication: June 30th 2013
Source: Received from publisher
in exchange for an honest review
GQ GQ. Where are You? Adventures of a Gambel’s Quail by Sharon I. Ritt follows a curious Gambel’s quail as he leaves home to look for playmates and explore the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona. GQ sees many interesting plants and animals on his journey, but as night falls, he decides the best place to be is home.
WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK UNIQUE?
A CD is included with each book that includes the author’s voice reading the story and singing it as well with musical accompaniment. This provides children of various ages the opportunity to experience the story in different ways. The book also features an illustrated non-fiction section which details some of the plants and animals that appear in the story. A special section following the story features activity ideas for home and school.
Kids Corner: Storytime Vlog
This is by far my favorite children’s book to date. I am so impressed by how interactive the story is with the accompanying CD. Not only is there a track of the author’s narration, but she also does a sing-along, and my daughter’s can’t get enough. I haven’t been able to get the book back from them since it arrived in the mail. Because of these wonderful options, which allows kids to enjoy the book in more than just one way, we decided the girls would sing for you today, instead of having me read the book.
Before we get to the cuteness, I want to mention another unique and truly beneficial quality about this book. The plants and animals that GQ encounters have a small corresponding paragraph of information in the back of the book. If your child doesn’t know what a cholla is, that’s OK because the knowledge is at your fingertips. My children love books that not only have a great story and pretty pictures, but teach them something in the process. This book provides it all! The illustrations are stunning. Everything looks so real and vibrant, like you are actually on an adventure with GQ in the desert, which keeps the attention of everyone reading it. Brilliant job to both the author and the illustrator!
It’s so funny that Gabby was singing so quietly, and Libby didn’t sing at all because right now, while I’m uploading this video, both girls are running around the house singing it verbatim without the book or the accompaniment.
About the Author
Sharon I. Ritt received her doctorate in curriculum K-12 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. She taught in Oak Ridge, Tennessee before moving to Flagstaff, where she taught in elementary school Title I reading programs and in the Northern Arizona University Center for Excellence in Education. After moving to southern Arizona, Sharon taught in the ESL programs in Fountain Hills and Scottsdale. She is currently a storyteller/singer at the Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek and continues to teach Language Arts workshops in Arizona and around the United States. She has published two CDs for children—“Sing Softly with Sharon: Lullabies from Around the World” and “Sing Silly with Sharon.” Sharon and her husband Leonard enjoy traveling to national parks in the United States and visiting cities around the world. Their favorite outdoor activities are hiking in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale and exploring other natural areas in Arizona.
Website | Sharon’s Blog | The Creative Team | Goodreads
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