Friday, May 1, 2015

Perfect PB Friday: City Street Beat

by Nancy Viau
Illustrated by Barbara Bakos
Albert Whitman & Company, 2014 
Themes: city life
In City Street Beat, a young girl travels along a city's twisty road on her way to a friend’s house. Together, they embark on an adventure, taking in all the city’s sights and sounds. They hear the tippy, tappy clack of high heels on the sidewalk; the strumming and drumming of a three-piece band; the flipping and flapping of dancing pigeons; and more. The girls move and groove to the city’s hip-hop beat using all five senses until at last it’s time to say good-bye.

The Story begins 
Travel on a twisty road.
Fast and slow, the whoa!
Greet the city with a smile -
Hustle, bustle, GO!

I like the playful words and pictures.
City Street Beat is a great read aloud with rhythm and word play.
"Sing-a-ling a city song
That's playing on the street.
Rock-n-roll the razz-ma-tazz
And hip-hop to the beat.

Resources for Teachers: 
This classroom guide for City Street Beat is designed for students in preschool through second grade. It offers activities to help teachers integrate City Street Beat into English language arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and social studies curricula. Art and drama are used as teaching tools throughout the guide.
Visit Susanna Leonard Hill's blog for a complete list of today's Perfect Picture: HERE!


  1. Wow! Look at all those colors! Those illustrations really pop out at you. It looks wonderful.

    1. I agree. The pictures sing out with color.

  2. What an especially good pick for kids who love music. :)

  3. I love to listen to the sounds of a city. So much life and rhythm. This is an excellent choice. Will check it out.

  4. Looks so vibrant. I think it would pair well with Matt de la Pena's new picture book, LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET.

    1. Joanna, I think that comparing the two books would make an interesting discussion in a classroom.

  5. This looks totally fun - and what vibrant illustrations!

  6. I agree. There's so much activity in every spread.

  7. I'm really behing. This looks like a great book. I'm adding it to Pinterest now. Thanks


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