Synopses & Reviews
Animals sing for all kinds of reasons and make all kinds of sounds in the process. The spotted owl sings at night, high above the treetops. A honeybee's buzzing is the sound of summer. And the low voices of fin whales broadcast in the blue Pacific Ocean. In a rhythmic cadence, this richly illustrated celebration of animal calls and noises surveys the region from summit to field to ocean to backyard. The world is alive with song Why Do I Sing? possesses a beautiful cadence for reading aloud, as it invites us to consider all of the voices in nature. Little ones will love learning about these Pacific Northwest animals and the variety of sounds they make.
"Gabriel's handsome, atmospheric watercolor paintings on textured paper capture scenic panoramas or zoom in to render animals larger than life, from honeybee to meadowlark." Kirkus Reviews
"This tender pair [with Where Do I Sleep?] should make lovely bedtime additions. Gentle verses describe the sleeping and singing habits of various animals. Each of the illustrations contains the name of the animal in question. Soft and sweet yet beautifully textured, the images are lovely and will have readers poring over them." School Library Journal
"Humans aren't the only creatures with the urge to sing. Blomgren describes the wild songs of marmots, fin whales, meadowlarks, loons and others, imagining what might compel them....Gabriel's big, rough-textured watercolors give a good sense of the particular beauty of the region." The New York Times
About the Author
Jennifer Blomgren is both a writer and lover of nature. She has previously authored three children's books, including Where Do I Sleep? and Where Would I Be in an Evergreen Tree?
Andrea Gabriel is the illustrator and/or author of eight picture books for children. She loves doing author visits to schools and is currently working on her first novel.