Picture Book Review: “Summer Song: A Day in the Life of a Kid”

Author: Anetta Kotowicz
Illustrator:
Nina Ezhik
ASIN: B07RC1W11K
Publisher: ArtsKindred (2019)
Age Range: 3 – 9
Grade Level: Preschool – 2

Amazon Synopsis: An interactive celebration of summer season and activities, encouraging boys and girls to explore nature and create crafts and play games. In this gender-neutral picture book from a series A Day In The Life Of A Kid, children not only read but also have an option to interact with music, learn about nature, sounds, instruments, sing songs, play a board-like game, be inspired to create natural and repurposed materials crafts. All of this while exploring and celebrating the summer season with gray Cat and his friend.

My Thoughts

“Summer Song” packs a ton of non-stop entertainment into a delightful interactive adventure.  The joyful story takes readers through a day of summertime fun, encouraging kids to get outside and explore all the wonderful sights and sounds of summer. Gray cat and his friend have a full day of exploration, visiting the park and playing at the playground, going on a picnic, building sandcastles at the beach, and a number of other activities to keep you busy on a beautiful summer day.

The pictures are fabulous!  So bright and cheery and certain to put a smile on your face.  I loved so many of the illustrations, but I think my favorite might be the page with the ice cream truck because it conjured up memories from my own childhood days, chasing the ice cream man and buying a Bomb Pop!

“Summer Song” is so much more than a story.  At the end of the book there is a board game to play.  There is also a page full of craft ideas to make. There is an app available to download for an enhanced reading experience, and the Kindle edition allows for on-the-spot interaction featuring several “Listen Here” buttons that incorporates cheery summer songs.  I listened to the songs while reading – such a fun, engaging idea!

This is such great story to ignite inspiration in your little ones.  Summer is all about adventure – I love that “Summer Song” encourages young readers to get outside and explore, make memories and just enjoy being a kid. A perfect story for parents to read to the younger ages, and the enhanced interactive format makes it a playful way to instill the love of reading in beginning and early readers.  FUN!

About the Author and Illustrator:

Learn more about the author – Anetta Kotowicz and illustrator – Nina Ezhik here: https://www.artskindred.com/contributors

Review Copy

I received a complimentary copy of “Summer Song: A Day in the Life of a Kid” in exchange for an honest review. I’m working my way through 500 picture books.

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