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The Rattlin' Bog

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Paperback w/ Audio & Video

ISBN: 9798888590713

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Written by Jessica Law
Illustrated by Brian Fitzgerald
Sung by The Speks

Ro, ro, the rattlin’ bog, the bog down in the valley-o! Joining Barefoot’s singalong collection, this rollicking traditional Irish tune sung by a traditional Irish band explores an Irish peat bog where a rattlin’ (Irish slang for “wonderful”) tree contains a rattlin’ nest, which contains a rattlin’ egg, which contains a rattlin’ bird . . . all the way down to a seed of a brand-new rattlin’ tree. Includes notes on Irish peat bogs and the creatures that live there, as well as plant and animal life cycles.

Key Selling Points:
  • SINGALONG: Joins our beloved collection of picture books featuring audio singalong and video animation.
  • STEAM: Adapted by expert author to explore habitats and the life cycle of plants — both important preschool curriculum topics.
  • GLOBAL: Beloved Irish folk tune illustrated by Irish artist Brian Fitzgerald, and sung and performed by the Speks, Ireland’s first traditional Irish music band for kids.
  • ANIMAL APPEAL: The illustrations portray the many animals found in an Irish peat bog, following along as a baby bird prepares to hatch from its egg.
  • FUNNY: Trying to remember all the items in the ever-growing cumulative list of rattlin’ things as the tempo gets faster is irresistibly hilarious for kids and adults alike.
  • ENDMATTER: Includes facts about Irish peat bogs and the animals and plants that live there, as well as more general information about plant and animal life cycles.

More Details

  • Product Dimensions: 255 x 247 mm
  • Page Count: 24 pages
  • Age Range: Ages 3-7 years
  • Leveling: N
  • Grade Level: 3

Awards & Accolades

“A rousin’, shantylike ditty, slightly shortened and enthusiastically illustrated . . . Sure to spur a raucous singalong” – Kirkus Reviews

“A lively adaptation of the traditional Irish folk song ‘The Rattlin’ Bog’, this musical picturebook showcases the brilliant bog and the creatures that call it their home” – Inis magazine

About the Contributors

Written by - Jessica Law
After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in Biological Sciences, Jessica Law has worked in community education and science communication, including several years writing for the nature conservation charity BirdLife International. Jessica is also a folk singer-songwriter with several studio albums to her name. She now lives in Cheltenham Spa, England.
Illustrated by - Brian Fitzgerald
Brian Fitzgerald is the inaugural winner of The International Silent Book Award at the Bologna Book Fair in 2014. He has collaborated with Emmy Award winners "The Texas Tenors" on two of their picture books and his book Be Thankful For Trees with author Harriet Ziefert is included on syllabi in schools across the United States. His latest book with acclaimed author Jeanne Willis is The Bear who had Nothing to Wear. Brian lives and works in a small port town in Dublin, Ireland.
Sung by - The Speks
The Speks is Ireland's first traditional Irish music band for kids and their families. The six members, Quince, Naymon, Tommo, Pete, Ed, and Rafferty, live on a magical island off the coast of County Clare, Ireland. It's called Glasses Island because everybody wears glasses there. The lads love singing, dancing, and playing music. Their motto is: "Sing along and sing aloud!"

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