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Cheer : A Book to Celebrate Community

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Celebrate community with this colorful new book from Uncle Ian Aurora!

This dust jacket hardcover picture book encourages kids to cheer for their community! Readers are invited to cheer for our families, police officers, firefighters, librarians, shopkeepers, and other community members as they follow along with the diverse children who are celebrating them. This interactive title promises to be an engaging and fun read--perfect for group story times!

Cheer is a follow-up to Stomp and the award-winning read-aloud, Clap .

Author Notes

In the cold mountains of the north lives a man of unlimited joy and mischief. Known for his exceptionally loud, yet skillful storytelling, we were beyond thrilled when he came to us with Clap . Finally, we had an opportunity to share a classic Uncle Ian Aurora story with the world.

Natalia Moore lives and works in England. Her work has been published in the United Kingdom, United States, Korea, and all across Europe. Natalia has illustrated picture books, poetry, greeting cards, and even chocolate packaging. She works with mixed media and adds the finishing touches to her work digitally. Natalia likes to draw from real life and is never without her sketchbook.

Reviews 1

Kirkus Review

Get ready for audience participation when you read this story out loud. This enthusiastic tribute to multigenerational family members and community helpers is an ideal preschool-storytime choice to spark discussion, appreciation, and, yes, cheers, especially for local or national recognition observances such as Grandparents' Day, First Responders' Day, and even National Authors' Day. Cartoon illustrations in eye-catching colors depict an inclusive community via a mix of vignettes and single- and double-page spreads. Broadly, often lopsidedly smiling children and adults with a range of skin tones and hairstyles populate most pages. The primary cheerleader appears biracial, with a medium brown skin tone and pigtail puffs and interracial (black and white) parents. Readers are encouraged to "Cheer for the grannies… / the abuelas…the nanas! // Cheer for the dads. / They all act bananas." (Aurora is not above the convenient, fundamentally meaningless rhyme.) The granny, who is black, is shown in a wheelchair, and several children and adults wear glasses. More than the usual community helpers are included, such as sanitation workers, sales clerks, janitors, and teammates. With short, simply worded rhyming couplets spread over two to four pages, there is plenty of room for rousing cheers and discussion about the important people in a young child's life. Gives appreciative preschoolers lots to cheer for. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.