Book: Wave Goodbye , by Rob Reid, Lorraine Williams, ISBN10: 1600603416, ISBN13: 9781600603419, Lee & Low Books, Inc., December 2008, Paperback
Characters perform motor activities and exercise the entire body as they celebrate all the ways to wave goodbye by using elbows, lips, hair, and finally hands.
"Wave your elbows, wave your toes./ Wave your tongue, and wave your nose." Not just for hands anymore, waving is a way to get the whole body moving in this cheerful if slight volume. Rather than waving hello on arriving at a birthday party, a group of children "wave" their knees, in a high-stepping, high-spirited gesture, while others wave their ears (using fingers), wave their hair (girls swing their braids and ponytails), wave their bellies and derrieres, in a rollicking birthday dance. Newcomer Williams uses watercolor, pastel, pencil and gouache to create warm but otherwise workmanlike scenes of racially diverse, rosy-cheeked revelers. Reid's simple, sing-song verse, on the other hand, will tempt kids to jump up and join right in. Ages 1-5. (Mar.)
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