I's the B'y: The Beloved Folk Song

I's the B'y: The Beloved Folk Song
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

For kids who love to sing and dance: this vibrant picture book shares lyrics from a classic folk song about community, culture, and the seaside.

Rhyming lyrics are easy to read and memorize and fun for the whole family. Perfect for kids aged 3 to 8 who love dancing, singing, and the ocean. The history of this famous ballad is explored in vivid illustrations! I's the b'y that builds the boat, And I's the b'y that sails her I's the b'y that catches the fish And takes 'em home to Liza. "I's the B'y" is a decades-old folk song that originated in Newfoundland but has been sung and danced to the world over. In this gorgeous picture book, Maritime artist and children's writer Lauren Soloy honors the song and its birthplace with rich, captivating illustrations of bobbing boats, leaping humpback whales, violin-playing fish, dancing people, starry skies, and stormy seas. Full of undeniable energy and joy, this spirited picture book will have kids singing, dancing, and learning all about Newfoundland.  Includes: Sheet music so budding musicians can play along.

A note from illustrator Lauren Soloy about the fascinating history of "I's the B'y," its distinctive words and phrases, and life in modern-day Newfoundland.

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Kirkus Reviews

Clap your hands and dance along to a traditional Newfoundland folk melody... an inviting version of a Canadian song that will resonate--and reverberate.

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Guided Reading Level
Greystone Kids
Publication date
May 31, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV031040 - Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Music
JUV024000 - Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles | Country Life
JUV030030 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | Canada - General
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