The Hokey Pokey

Citation: La Prise, L., Macak, C. P., Baker, T., & Hamanaka, S. (1996). The hokey pokey. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.The Hokey Pokey

Ages: 4 – 9

Grades: PreK – 3

Description:  In this book, La Prise covers all of the lyrics of the original Hokey Pokey song.  On each page, children and animals dance along to the lyrics of the traditional rhyme.

Uses: La Prise’s text can be used in a preschool or younger elementary storytime or program. Since many children know the rhyme, it would be easy to invite them to join in and move with the story as it is read.  It can also be read to small children who have not heard the Hokey Pokey, or who are learning to distinguish their left from their right.  This could also be used in a program about music, or to perhaps entice a reluctant reader to read.

Review Sources:

Devereaux, E. & Roback, D. (1997). Forecasts: Children’s books. Publisher’s Weekly, 244(1):72.

Morgan, K. (1997). Starred reviews: Books for youth. Booklist, 93(11):940.

Search Terms: dance, rhyme, nursery rhyme, animals, 

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

Citation: Cabrera, J. (2010). Here We Go Round the Mulberry bush. New York: Holiday House. Mulberry Bush

Ages: 2 and up

Grades: PreSchool – Grade 1

Description: Cabrera’s Here we go round the mulberry bush takes the familiar nursery rhyme and uses it as a framework to tell the story of two puppies, on a cold and frosty day. The storyline and rhyme follow the puppies as they get up, go to school, come home, and eventually go to bed.  The action in the book is depicted in bright, larger than life images.

Use:  The bright images and familiar refrain of Here we go round the mulberry bush make it an ideal book to use in a preschool or toddler storytime.  The familiarity of the text will invite students to join in on the refrain. In order to incorporate physical activity into the storytime, librarians and teachers can get students to act out the old rhyme by doing activities such as: walking in a circle to mimic “going round the mulberry bush” and other activities.  Librarians and teachers can also encourage students to make up their own versions of the rhyme that the whole group can act out.

Review Sources:

Cooper, Ilene. (2010). Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush. [Review of Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush.] Booklist, 107(6):50.

Simpson, Martha. (2010). Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush. [Review of Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush]. School Library Journal 56(12):92.

Tags: nursery rhymes, puppies, school