Today Caramel reviews the new book Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem, written by poet Amanda Gorman and illustrated by Loren Long. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, tell me a bit about this book.
Caramel: This book is about change, and how children can change the world.
S: That sounds inspiring! Tell me, how can children change the world?
C: Well, let me tell you what happens in the book. There is a girl in the beginning, who I think might be Amanda Gorman herself, and she has a guitar and is calling people to join her to try and make the world a better place. She helps another person recycle, then the two of them go and help others by giving them food, and deliver groceries to an elderly woman, and then they invite another boy to join their little band, each of them has an instrument. And the three of them go and build a ramp for a disabled kid’s home. Then that kid joins them too, and the group grows, and they keep cleaning up, planting flowers, and they fix up their community buildings and so on.
S: So they all help, and they all work together to make their community a more welcoming place, a good place to live.
C: Yes. And they are making music all along.
S: Well, the book is called A Children’s Anthem, and according to my dictionary, an anthem is a “a rousing or uplifting song identified with a particular group, body, or cause”, so it makes sense that there is music in there, right?
C: Yeah. And it makes it livelier and more fun.
S: Amanda Gorman is a poet. Is there poetry in this book too?
C: Yes, the whole book is one long poem. All of it rhymes, and it is fun to read out loud.
S: Yeah, I enjoyed reading it out loud with you. We saw Gorman read her poem “The Hill We Climb” in the inauguration of President Joe Biden this January. Do you remember?
C: Yes I do. Can we put a video of her poem here?
S: Yes, of course. Okay, here it is:
S: So what do you think about the poem that is the main text of the book?
C: There are so many different types of people, and the poem brings them all together. And even though they are all very different, they all work together and make their community better.
S: So you also like the illustrations.
C: Yes. They are very colorful. And the children really look like they are dancing and making music and having lots of fun. But this one boy looks like he is dancing but I don’t think that the position he is in is possible, his feet would break!
S: Yes, but think of it not as standing but while jumping up and down or turning around, in some instant, you might look like you are doing something impossible.
C: I guess he could be jumping up. And there is a kid who is playing basketball and that is cool too.
S: Yes, the children when they join are just doing standard kid things and they just join in to help. And that seems to be the message, right? That we can all help.
C: And even us kids can help too, and if we do, we can change the world.
S: That is inspiring. Okay Caramel, we wrote long enough. Tell me your three words to describe this book, and we can wrap it up.
C: Colorful, inspiring, poetic.
S: I like those words Caramel. And what do you want to say to finish the review?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!