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What's That Sound? In the City

by (author) Sheryl McFarlane

illustrated by Kim LaFave

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Apr 2004
General, Senses & Sensation
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Apr 2004
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 1 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1


Wherever you live, in the middle of a big city or on a farm, toddlers revel in the unique cacophony of noisy delights that surround them every day. In the city, garbage trucks CLATTER and CLANG, car horns go BEEP, BEEP, and sirens WAIL. On the farm, tractors RUMBLE, QUAKING ducks SPLISH SPLASH, and Pigs SNORT, SNORT, SQUEAL.
Even if you live far away from farms or cities, it won't be long before any toddler understands the sounds and finds the corresponding objects before it's time to turn the page. And finally, a quiet kiss or hug awaits them at the end of each book-the best little sounds of all.
These bright, colorful board books serve a dual purpose for inquisitive little ones. Not only do they link noises to objects but they encourage the association of meaning to letters on a page-the first, crucial step in developing young readers.
Author Sheryl McFarlane's rhythmic read-aloud text is perfectly complimented by Kim LaFave's bright and colorful scenes. A glorious pair of books for little noisemakers everywhere.

About the authors

Sheryl McFarlane was born in the Ottawa Valley and was raised in Arizona, but the west coast snatched her heart more than thirty years ago. She is the mother of three wonderful daughters who often appear in her books in disguised form. She is the author of four board books and eight picture books, including: A Pod of Orcas, This is the Dog, Jessie's Island and Waiting for the Whales.
Sheryl's books have won and been short-listed for several readers' choice awards, the Governor General's Award, the IODE Award, the BC Book Prize for Children's Literature, and the Mr. Christie Award. Sheryl has toured with the Peter Gzowski Golf Tournament for Literacy, Save the Children, and The Canada Council. She has judged creative writing for The Writer's Union of Canada, The Canadian Children's Book Centre, and the BC Creative Writers' Grant Program, been a writer in residence in many schools, been involved in many young author programs, and has led children's writing workshops for beginning and established writers.
A former teacher, Sheryl provides professional development in language arts for school districts, Early Childhood Educators, Primary Educator Associations and the International Reading Association. She frequently acts as a consultant for publishers on both educational and trade projects. Her first young adult novel was published in the fall of 2006.


Sheryl McFarlane's profile page

Kim LaFave is a prolific picture book artist with many titles to his name, including Amos's Sweater, Ben Over Night, and Big Ben, which earned him the Mr. Christie's Book Award Silver Seal. He has also won the Governor General's Award, the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award, and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award. Kim lives on the west coast of Canada, in Robert's Creek, British Columbia.

Kim LaFave's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"...spirited. LaFave's cartoon illustrations utilize inventive perspectives and suggestive details such as the soft shadow of towing building cast over children at recess."
Publishers Weekly

"Kim LaFave's illustrations, on the farm and in the city, flow from double-page spread to double-page spread, all the colour of birds, tractors, fire engines and garbage trucks, humans and animals contained within fluid black brushstrokes. Rhyming couplets keep things moving along at a good clip..."
The Globe and Mail

"...explores the many sounds you'd hear on a farm: roosters crowing, tractors rumbling, pigs snorting, dinner bells clanging. Each book ends with a reassuring hug or kiss - that barely makes a sound at all."
Today's Parent

"Toddlers hardly need to be encouraged to make sounds! But do it anyway, with What's that Sound? board books. Ok, sounds aren't the stuff kids are supposed to know by kindergarten, but these are lots of fun!"
Hi-Rise Newspaper

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