Have I got the book for you! Tom Angelberger, know for his great Origami Yoda series, wrote this fabulous picture book that will make kids (and adults) laugh out loud, and it sneakily teaches some history at the same time.
Crankee Doodle examines that beloved song Yankee Doodle. Have you ever wondered at the words? Why call a hat macaroni?!? The history is all here and Crankee and his horse are very fun to read aloud-a lot of emotion. The simple illustrations convey those emotions and even really young kids understand what the characters are feeling easily.
I’m kind of hoping Angelberger decided to write more like it. There are plenty of folk songs that he could illuminate with his humorous style.