La Paz is a village ringing with sound and singing it s noisy and bustling But sometimes it s a bit too loud, maybe some quiet would help So the old mayor is sent away and a new mayor is elected Don Pepe promises a quieter life, but his rules and laws start to become stifling and soon the village is silent Then a rooster and his hen and chicks arrive The rooster greets the day with a song right under the mayor s window As the mayor struggles to control one rooster and his singing by taking away and of his rights, the village begins to realize what they have given up.
Deedy, a Pura Belpre Honor winner for writing, has written a wonderfully readable tale that offers a folktale feel with a modern sensibility This is exactly the picture book and fable that is needed in our society right now It clearly speaks to the power of civil disobedience and the crucial need to even one voice to speak up, singing for themselves and the entire world.
Yelchin s illustrations are rather zany, using bright colors and zigging lines The rooster has a gorgeous nobility about him, piercingly straight and colorful on the page He almost glows In contrast, Don Pepe is colorless and drab, bringing gray onto the page along with him His only change is to turn a sickly green as he is stood up to by the rooster.
Strong, vital and important, this picture book is a great pick to read aloud and discuss Appropriate for ages 4 6.
La Paz Is A Happy, But Noisy Village A Little Peace And Quiet Would Make It Just Right So The Villagers Elect The Bossy Don Pepe As Their Mayor Before Long, Singing Of Any Kind Is Outlawed Even The Teakettle Is Afraid To Whistle But There Is One Noisy Rooster Who Doesn T Give Two Mangos About This Mayor S Silly Rules Instead, He Does What Roosters Were Born To DoHe Sings Kee Kee Ree KEE Carmen Deedy S Masterfully Crafted Allegory And Eugene Yelchin S Bright, Whimsical Mixed Media Paintings Celebrate The Spirit Of Freedom And The Courage Of Those Who Are Born To Sing At Any Cost Carmen Agra Deedy masterfully blends repetition, humor, and allegory to tell an original, timely, modern folktale about the importance of speaking up for your beliefs and resisting being silenced Her amusing and inspiring author s note says it all Roosters sing at sunrise they also sing at noon, sundown, and in the middle of the night Roosters sing when they please, and that s all there is to that.
Much like roosters, human children are born with voices strong and true and irrepressible.
Then, bit by bit, most of us learn to temper our opinions, censor our beliefs, and quiet our voices.
But not all of us.
There are always those who resist being silenced, who will crow out their truth, without regard to consequence.
Foolhardy or wise, they are the ones who give us the courage to sing.
Eugene Yelchin s brightly colored, quirky, and expressive illustrations, as well as his clever page layouts, work to capture varying moods, emphasize Deedy s message, and offer comical relief to somber episodes A copy of this should go to every person who ever asked me why I couldn t just, for self preservation, just keep my mouth shut Or who said, oh irritating phrase, it is what it is A book that reminds you that it is okay to stand up for something, even when others may find you foolish.
WOW I don t know if I ve ever been so moved by a picture book before Tears Seriously This book could create such amazing dialogue in children of all ages Much like roosters, human children are born with voices strong and true and irrepressible Then, bit by bit, most of us learn to temper our opinions, censor our beliefs, and quiet our voices But not all of us There are always those who resist being silenced, who will crow out their truth, without regard to consequence Foolhardy or wise, they are the ones who give us the courage to sing Carmen Agra Deedy This should win awards and be in all the schools The funny bright pictures make the message palatable, but do not weaken it at all Don t let your voice be silenced by extremists
When a mayor gets elected, the first thing he does is but a ban on loud singing then on singing itself It takes a rooster to stand up to the mayor and remind the people that they don t have to be bullied.
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I have been reading this book to school groups for the past two weeks several different classes of 3rd 4th graders It makes a great read aloud and has several aspects that make it a 5 star book for me It has words in another language Spanish plus the opportunity to discuss that animal sounds are often different among languages It has a refrain for the kids to repeat the aforementioned animal sound It has a message about standing up for one s beliefs It has an additional theme of people coming together to oppose a law they feel is silly It also has a lovely end note by the author about the importance of speaking up, speaking out, and resisting It does all of this in a very traditional folktale style, not overtly Several of the classes have made connections to the civil rights movement as well as the current political climate.