“There’s a Hole in My Bucket”
Sung by: The Topp Twins
Published by: Scholastics and includes a CD
Age: 4 – 6 year olds, although could be enjoyed by older
Theme: Entertainment, hilarious, tolerance,
Synopsis: ” There’s a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza.
There’s a hole in my bucket dear Liza, a Hole!
Then fix it dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry.
Then fix it dear Henry, Dear Henry, fix it!”
Why I like it: Come on, look at the beautifully illustrated cover, and believe me the illustrations within fantastically emphasis the hilarity with which the top Twins sing this catchy well-known tune. Jenny uses the song as a conversation between a duck and her rather hair brain friend, a goat. Imagine her sideways look on her face as he asks “with what shall I cut it, dear Liza, dear Liza…” You can imagine her exasperation as the song continues and all the goat wants to do is play and dance.
This is the Topp Twins first book together and think its a great way to encourage children to read. This comical duo and NZ icon are well-known around the world for their country singing, character and reverse roll shows, hilarious acts….(If you don’t know them.. where have you been?) and amazing yodeling. I love that children can read, listen and sing along to this well designed book.
Resources/findings: When looking for resources I discovered a lovely site on new NZ authors and reviews of their books. http://kidsbooksnz.blogspot.com/
Also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There’s_a_Hole_in_My_Bucket with great information of how the song came about and who over the years have sung their interpretation.
It would be a great book in classrooms blending storytime with a singalongs. Maybe the children would be asked to think of a story where it ends in full circle as this one does. It is sure to encourage a lot of discussion and interest.
For more books with resources please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Picture Perfect Book.