Cockatoo, Too by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
Publisher: Little Bee Books
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Two cockatoos meet two more cockatoos in tutus and two tutued toucans. And then two more! Can they all can-can? They can! The cockatoos and toucans join together for a dance and ask the reader: "Can you can-can too?"
A fun play on words that will introduce the basic concept of homonyms as well as simple rhyme. There is a nice rhythm to the story that was refreshing after reading a few books with some bad rhyming schemes. What I especially loved where the bright watercolors set against large white spaces on the spreads that created an open and inviting feelings. In a way, the background of each picture reminded me a bit of theater, as if the fronds and trees were sets and the white was the open stage. This feeling was only furthered by the fact that the birds are dancing in tutus.