Papa Bird and I are trying to expose Baby Bird to books and music every chance we get. When I was contacted about doing a review for a children’s book that included a musical CD, I couldn’t pass it up. The Marvelous Toy is written by Tom Paxton and he is also the artist behind the CD. Tom Paxton is one of the world’s best loved folk musicians. The song “The Marvelous Toy” has actually been around for awhile and now we have a wonderful book to match it.
The song, and now the book is about a magnificent, magical toy that the author receives as a young boy. He’s not sure exactly what it is, but he loves it and eventually passes it down to his son later in life. I love the song and the book is a perfect match for it. It is well written and a pleasure to read (even for big kids). There are a total of 4 songs on the CD that is located in a nice pocket at the back of the book, and my favorite is the title song. The other songs are really good too. I like to quickly review anything before giving it to Baby Bird, so I was listening to the CD as I was putting away Baby Bird’s clothes one night and she came crawling into the room. She listened for a moment, then smiled and started to do a little dance, so I know she is enjoying it.
The art work of the book is so beautiful. It is illustrated by Steve Cox, an award-winning artist who has illustrated many children’s books such as Pigs Might Fly. The pages are filled with colour and imagination and Steve has done an excellent job of visually telling the story.
Now I’m curious. What was your favourite toy as a child?