Cover image for And here's to you!
And here's to you!
1st ed. 2004
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2004.
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Added Author:
A rhyming celebration of all sorts of creatures, from the Feather People (birds) to the Dreaming People (dogs) and even the People People.


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Book EASY ELL 1 1
Book EASY ELL 0 1

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Here's to exuberant read-alouds! This picture book ode to joy invites us to celebrate the world's vast diversity -- and feel pretty happy with our place in it, too.

Here's to the birds!
The Feather People!

Here's to the birds and the bears and the bugs! Here's to the weird and wacky, the cute and creepy! From toothy fish to let-you-when-you're-sleeping cats to lick-lick-lick-lick-lick-lick dogs, every creature is unique and lovable . . . especially you! The infectious joy of David Elliott's wonderful read-aloud poem and Randy Cecil's brilliant, amusing artwork is sure to have children reciting along.

Author Notes

David Elliott is the author of The Cool Crazy Crickets and The Transmogrification of Roscoe Wizzle .

Randy Cecil is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has illustrated many books for children, including One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre.

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-A life-affirming look at nature's beings. The lively, rhyming text celebrates different creatures, including "The Feather People" (birds), "The Bubble People" (fish), "The Leggy People" (bugs), "The Purring People" (cats), "The Giving People" (cows), and "The People People" (humans). Finally, the focus is placed on readers: "And here's to you!/The You Person!/You!/Here's to the sweet you,/The messy and the neat you,/The funny-way-you-eat you-. The total and complete you." The effervescent, entertaining cartoons, done in oils, perfectly complement the narrative. Together, the words and pictures create a powerful package that conveys a sense of appreciation for all living things.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

Here+s to the bugs! / The Leggy People! / Bugs! / Here's to the sting-y ones. / The weird and the wing-y ones."" This chipper if insubstantial rhyming tribute to birds, fish, bears, insects, and, finally, people reverberates with enthusiasm and buoyant imagery. The bright, cartoonlike illustrations of happy creatures echo the singsong text's inclusive good cheer. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

Elliott's cup runneth over with good cheer in this rhymed toast to people--and not just the two-legged variety, either: "Here's to the birds! / The Feather People! / Birds! / Here's to the who-o-o ones, / The cock-a-doodle-doo ones, / Their breasts as red as fire ones, / The sitting on a wire ones. / Oh, I love the birds!" Each verse follows the same pattern, as he goes on to salute fish ("The Bubble People"), bears ("The Hungry People"), bugs, cats, dogs, cows, and frogs in turn, coming around at last to "The People People," and closing with "The You Person! / You!" Cecil's full-bleed illustrations reflect all this unfettered exuberance, with bright cartoon scenes of grinning young folk surrounded by animals and placed in outdoorsy settings. Reminiscent of Flora McDonnell's I Love Animals (1994) for its intensity of feeling, but more articulate in its expression, this will have young readers and listeners calling for another round. (Picture book. 6-8) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.