Pedro ‘n’ Pip is available now in hardcover, audio book and IBOOK formats on Amazon, iTunes, and select local retailers. Retail price: $14.99 - iBook/$24.99 - Hardcover
"Pedro ‘n’ Pip, recently released and co-produced by singer/songwriter Taylor Barton and her husband, legendary guitarist and former SNL Band Leader GE Smith, is a raucous, uplifting rock 'n' roll odyssey about a tenacious ten-year-old girl, named Pip, and a ‘rockoctopus’, Pedro, who she meets while scuba diving after an oil spill in the Gulf. Together, they forge a powerful friendship and unite sea creatures and landlubbers alike to help clean up our waters for the good of all."
When you think of children's books, I doubt an Eco-friendly one comes to mind. Well, the girls and I just finished Pedro 'n' Pip written by Taylor Barton, and we can't stop talking about it. Who knew a book with an Eco-friendly message could be so enjoyable. Not only was the story cute and fun to read, but the messages about the importance of clean water, toxin-free fish and other food supplies, were front and center in this book, perfect for children ages 6+.
If the name Taylor Barton sounds familiar that is because she is known for her appearances on SNL and Conan, as well as all her hit music releases. Now, Taylor is venturing into the world of children's book, and I have to say she was successful right from the start. She took a topic not usually talked about in the children's book genre and made it one kids can understand. As children read this story, they will find themselves asking questions and wanting to take a stand and help save the planet for their generation and generations to come. Both of my girls were upset to hear about polluted waters and unsafe fish in the ocean. They asked me as we were reading this what they could do, as they really want to help make the planet healthy and keep it healthy.
So, as part of our homeschooling, we have been talking about ways to protect our environment. We would read a chapter or two in the book, then do some activities and school work centering around what we read. The girls had so much fun learning about ways to protect the planet, in addition to having me share this book with them. And, when we weren't reading or doing school work, we were breaking out into song and dance thanks to the catchy music that Taylor and friends created to go along with this new release, and which can be downloaded at iTunes. The songs all have a Caribbean/Jamaican vibe to it that will get you moving and grooving. My girls loved our dance sessions, and I loved being able to teach them about important Eco-friendly messages in a fun and unique way. Thanks, Taylor Barton.
I highly recommend this book for you to share with your child, as it is up to them to help protect our planet for generations to come.
More about this book:
"A blend of colorful illustrations, easy-to-understand messages and an embedded musical score of more than a dozen original songs performed by a cast of award-winning musicians, including the legendary GE Smith, Robbie Wyckoff, (voice on Phineas and Ferb) Ella Moffly, Christine Ohlman, The Persuasions, David Broza and Jillette Johnson, Pedro ‘n’ Pip is a sensory experience not to be missed!
“Pedro ‘n’ Pip is the first book of its kind to merge text and music, welded together and made to be experienced on any mobile device,” says Barton. “What really makes it stand out is the charming, talented cast singing the 13-song score that delivers fun-loving lyrics to motivate kids to think out of the box and come up with creative and innovative ways to change the world.”
Through this adorable blend of book and music, Pedro ‘n’ Pip explores many important themes for children today, including:
- Music is a number one motivator and a fun way to communicate anything
- The devastating impact of environmental disasters, such as oil spills
- The importance of protecting our water’s ecosystems and the animals that live in and around these waters
- How even a tiny effort goes a long way
- Encouraging and creatively inspiring children to be in charge of our planet’s future
“Unique, entertaining and educational, Taylor Barton’s Pedro ‘n’ Pip will provide opportunities for discussion and learning and would be ideal for use in class and as part of young students’ studies,” raves Reader’s Favorite book reviewer Hilary Hawkes.
Barton has also created a teacher's curriculum addendum, to assist educators in the discussion on the importance of taking care of our planet for future generations."
Thanks to the publisher for sending along an extra copy of Pedro 'n' Pip so that I can share with one lucky reader. :-)
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About the Author:
Taylor Barton learned her trade in the presence of musical royalty. Her husband, GE Smith, put the young songwriter backstage with musical legends like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Jerry Garcia, and thus, her first song was conceived in the back of Dylan’s tour bus. Originally from Maryland, Barton has released eight critically-acclaimed CDs, and has won 10 ASCAP popular panel awards for her overall songwriting and performances, as well as being an ‘Official Selection' for the Mill Valley Film Festival for her documentary film, 50 Watt Fuse. She released a murder mystery called Hotheaded Saints, praised by best seller, Adriana Trigiani. Barton, who has performed in theatre, commercials, films, and appeared on numerous syndicated radio and TV shows (SNL and Conan) for at least two decades, has turned her talent and focus to her newest innovative integrated book and music multimedia collaboration for children, Pedro ‘n’ Pip, available September, 2016.
Learn more and connect with the author at www.taylorbarton.com and on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.