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Rock and Roll Woods

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Kuda is a bit of a grump who doesn’t like change. So when he wakes up to new neighbors and loud, strange noises in his woods, he is not happy. Will his desire to be with his friends overcome his objections to loud sounds? And might Kuda’s courage help him discover that new things and rock and roll music can be pretty great? Featuring helpful backmatter about Sensory Integr ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 5th 2018 by Clear Fork Publishing
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Sharon Coffey
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Our lovable main character, Kuda, is a bear that loves the quiet, soft sounds that live in the trees and streams of the woods. Then . . . new noisy neighbors bring Rock & Roll to the woods. Kuda doesn’t like how their music changes the peacefulness of the woods. Read this sweet, humorous story to find out how perspective and patience can transform.

Sensory Integration can be challenging to many children and adults alike. Those that struggle with this will see themselves in Kuda. Every teache
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Cheryl
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kuda likes his peace and simple noises of the woods. Being noise sensitive, I can relate!. But new neighbors move into the neighborhood and start making a new type of noise -- loud and booming. Kuda doesn't like the new noises. They are too loud and hurt his ears. He hides away, covering his ears, but the sound keep coming through. The new neighbors throw a party. Kuda, missing all his friends, goes and watches from outside. But soon he can't help but feel the beat and start moving to the music ...more
Janie Reinart
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Sherry Howard is a master storyteller. Her passion for writing for children comes to life in her delightful story, Rock and Roll Woods. A great read aloud, onomatopoeic words—((Boom Whappa Whappa)), whoosh, swish, thumpity-thumped—dance through the story. The characters embrace the universal themes of friendship, kindness, and acceptance. Kuda’s bravery to try something new will encourage readers to do the same.

Viviane Elbee
Adorable illustrations and funny refrain - "BOOM - whappa whappa" that had the kids laughing and repeating along.
Young kids who like music and silliness may enjoy this one.
Gayle Krause
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The delicate balance of sensory overload is beautifully addressed in Sherry Howard’s ROCK AND ROLL WOODS. Loud noises can trigger certain children to feel overwhelmed or upset and Kuda, the bear, represents these children perfectly. When he wakes one morning to BOOM, WHAPPA, WHAPPA, his quiet world turns upside down. He doesn’t like loud noises and seeks relief in his cave with earmuffs and blankets. None-the-less, it persists to echo throughout the woods and his friends jump and jive to the bea ...more
Sarita
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I related to this book on a lot of levels. I love being in nature enjoying the sights and sounds and feel chagrined when loud noises interrupt my thoughts. Kuda's reactions to the new neighbor's music were charming. The slow build up of tension as he tries to find ways to block out the noise and the slow letting down of his guard and discovering new ways to enjoy himself was touching. The repetition of Boom Whappa Whappa and descriptions of the other sounds painted a vivid soundscape that made t ...more
Evelyn Bookless
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
BOOM! Whappa, Whappa! What an awesome picture book from Sherry Howard!
My son really enjoyed Rock and Roll Woods and related well to Kuda the Bear who didn't like loud, new noises, but grew brave with time. This book is full of heart and it was lovely to see the love, support and friendship between Bear and Rabbit. The ending when Kuda eventually faces his fears and finds a way to embrace the noise is just perfect. A super read for any child and especially for those with sensory integration issue
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Suzie Olsen
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is really cute! I hate using the word cute, but I can't think of a more fitting word. The woodland animals ooze cute, and I enjoyed how the bear resisted the music as it was too loud. So many kids find live music too loud, so what a good way to connect with kids. I loved the ending though, but I don't want to give it away! If you like cute woodland animals and rock and roll, this book is for you and your child!
Melissa Stoller
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A rocking debut from Sherry Howard! Kuda bear doesn't love loud noises and that's exactly what he's hearing in his neck of the woods. Kids will love seeing Kuda adapt to change, and also learn that sometimes loud sounds, music, and drums aren't so bad after all. Adorable illustrations by Anika A. Wolf enhance the story that kids will ask for again and again. And parents will appreciate the underlying layer that can be applied to children with sensory integration issues.
Mary Uhles
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a child who never could stand the sound of bangs and pops and booms in movies and TV I can identify with Kuda in his struggle to find peace in the woods after his new noise neighbors move in. Sure they are playing a rocking set but change can be hard. It can also be lonely as Kuda's friends all run off to bop with the band, leaving him out of sorts and alone. It takes a bit for Kuda to relax and lean into the music but when he finally does he discovers he can make his own music... and enjoy w ...more
Heather Montgomery
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A powerful book for helping children understand (1) overcoming a challenge or (2) being empathetic for others who are have a sensory integration issue. In this sweet story, one grumpy bear grumbles about the new noise in his neighborhood until, little by little, he is sucked into the joy of creating music with his friends. I particularly appreciated the author's note about sensory integration issues.
Jolene Gutierrez
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kuda the bear doesn't like the loud noises the new neighbors are making. He doesn't like new things in general. But all of his friends are really enjoying the neighbors' music. . .will Kuda try something new?
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