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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 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 Integration and insider jokes for parents with autistic kids.


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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 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 Integration and insider jokes for parents with autistic kids.

30 review for Rock and Roll Woods

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    Excellent book with wonderful art! Both children and adults can learn from this simple yet well researched story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    In this sweet tale about adjusting to changes and gentle friendship, kids (and even adults) will be able to relate to charming Kuda bear who needs some time to get used to new noises and new neighbors. The story is complemented by bright but soft illustrations and offers helpful guidance in the back matter for parents and teachers to understand and help kids who may have disabilities that prevent them from adapting quickly to new things.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Coffey

    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 teacher an 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 teacher and librarian can benefit by having this book in his or her library and classroom. It’s a great tool to help children be more understanding and aware of classmates, family and friends that are Kudas. As an extra bonus, this book contains back matter on Sensory Integration. The art is uuuuu-dorable. It includes big-eyed facial expressions and soothing, muted colors. I love the way the music dances across the pages. I don’t know what the cover of the book is made of but it feels soft, almost rubbery. It’s awesome.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    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 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 and adding his own sounds. I can relate to this, too. Sometimes music just takes you away. It can be different than the quiet, but also good. Such a fun read aloud that's sure to have the kids hopping and dancing and making their own music, but also a good job of showing that for some people, noises are just too much. And it's OK to enjoy both quiet and loud.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sara Fajardo

    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 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 the world more real. Gorgeous writing accompanied by gorgeous illustrations. A lovely addition to any home library.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gayle Krause

    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 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 beat. They help Kuda acclimate to the strange loud sound and he learns that it’s music and it’s fun, once he gets used to it. He even joins in by beating on the drums. Rock on!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mary Uhles

    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 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 what used to be annoying. Colorful illustrations, especially the rainbow colored beat of the music, accompany this tale of accepting, and even learning to enjoy, new things.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Bookless

    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 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 issues.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Stoller

    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. 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Olsen

    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! 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!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janie Reinart

    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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heather Montgomery

    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. 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Dufayet

    Poor Kuda. I, too, much prefer the sounds of nature, but then again I love a good beat! I was thinking Kuda was never going to join the party - then, he picks up some sticks and finds his rhythm after all - with a little help from his friends. I was happy to see Kuda open up to something new and embracing it because that's what life is all about - trying new things that you think you won't like...then you do! Poor Kuda. I, too, much prefer the sounds of nature, but then again I love a good beat! I was thinking Kuda was never going to join the party - then, he picks up some sticks and finds his rhythm after all - with a little help from his friends. I was happy to see Kuda open up to something new and embracing it because that's what life is all about - trying new things that you think you won't like...then you do!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Keel

    I enjoyed reading this book very much. The illustrations are fun and Kuda is a loveable bear. We've all experienced loud neighbors and at times want to curl up and cover our ears. I love how Sherry uses this experience to showcase how children with sensory integration issues feel. We can relate as parents. I'm glad Kuda not only adjusts to the rock & roll scene that hits his woods but actually starts to love it. This is a book that will make your heart thump. I enjoyed reading this book very much. The illustrations are fun and Kuda is a loveable bear. We've all experienced loud neighbors and at times want to curl up and cover our ears. I love how Sherry uses this experience to showcase how children with sensory integration issues feel. We can relate as parents. I'm glad Kuda not only adjusts to the rock & roll scene that hits his woods but actually starts to love it. This is a book that will make your heart thump.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Meera Sriram

    In this fun and meaningful read, Kuda bear who likes his quiet, wakes up to new and musically noisy neighbors in the woods. He squirms, resists, walks away... until he stops, tries, and learns to tap to the beat and dance to the tune of his friends! Offering a relatable experience to kids with sensory challenges, this story is sure to help kids empathize with their peers that take time to adapt to change. Great book for read-aloud and classroom discussions. Kudos to Kuda, kudos to the author!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sophia Gholz

    “They swirled and twirled, dipped and dropped, clapped and stomped.” A playful story about a grumpy bear and his quest for quiet. This musical tale will have children dancing and clapping right along with each “Boom Boom Boom!” This is a great read aloud coupled with adorable illustrations that everyone will enjoy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    B.J. Lee

    Kids will cheer when Kuda finds his groove. A fabulous book for children who are overly sensitive to stimuli of various sorts, or on the autistic spectrum. Howard does a great job with the storytelling and the illustrations are a delight.

  18. 4 out of 5

    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. 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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    The refrain- BOOM - WHAPPA WHAPPA- will have kids begging for more. Lots of fun use of onomatopeia in this fun read-aloud for young children. Adorable illustrations to boot!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pj

    This book is very cute. The illustrations go well with the dialogue in this heartwarming tale of overcoming fear of change and coming together as a community.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor Peterson

    Bear and I have something in common; we don’t like noise. But although Bear hates loud noises, deep inside, he wants to be part of the fun. Beautifully illustrated.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Raven Howell

    Such a sweet, enchanting book for children! Five stars - perfect for "family reading night" or sharing. Such a sweet, enchanting book for children! Five stars - perfect for "family reading night" or sharing.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    This is an odd little book, perhaps better intended than executed. I enjoyed the story a great deal, which seemed to be about a bear learning to like something new. Then, as an afterword, the author turned it retroactively into something else, which felt strange. I have no problem with a story that teaches about sensory overload and its place on the autism spectrum, but this story didn't seem to be about that. The story was written in a way that suggested that bear simply didn't know or like lou This is an odd little book, perhaps better intended than executed. I enjoyed the story a great deal, which seemed to be about a bear learning to like something new. Then, as an afterword, the author turned it retroactively into something else, which felt strange. I have no problem with a story that teaches about sensory overload and its place on the autism spectrum, but this story didn't seem to be about that. The story was written in a way that suggested that bear simply didn't know or like loud rock music at the start of the story, but learned to enjoy it over time. That really doesn't match the sensory integration notes in the back of the book. He didn't have any trouble learning to adjust, and his initial grumpiness to the loudness really didn't suggest any form of overload. He clearly likes music, and his only expressed objection was to the volume when he first heard it. So, the notes just came as an odd surprise, and as almost a criticism of Kuda, the bear, for initially preferring the sounds of nature to those of a rock band. How could a simple preference lead to a "diagnosis" of being on the autism spectrum? If the author wanted the notes to connect to the story, then perhaps the story should have had Kuda behave in some unusual way about the music, other than simply trying to reduce the volume at first.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alayne Kay

    Being a nature lover who has mild sensory sensitivity, I can relate to Kuda when the BOOM Whappa Whappa takes over the gentle sounds of the woods. And I feel for him when he finds himself alone trying to shut out the new sounds. The onomatopoeia used throughout the book makes it a fun read aloud, and the illustrations are perfect the young listeners’ curious eyes. There are a couple of layers in this story, and the author explains them in the back of the book. She also includes information about Being a nature lover who has mild sensory sensitivity, I can relate to Kuda when the BOOM Whappa Whappa takes over the gentle sounds of the woods. And I feel for him when he finds himself alone trying to shut out the new sounds. The onomatopoeia used throughout the book makes it a fun read aloud, and the illustrations are perfect the young listeners’ curious eyes. There are a couple of layers in this story, and the author explains them in the back of the book. She also includes information about children with sensory integration issues. I like how there is an appeal to children to be good friends who help those who see and hear things a little differently. Kuda is a very sweet character, and I enjoyed seeing him learn about himself, his friends, and the world around him. And I like how he overcomes his challenge in such a fun way with the little help of a good friend.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    This is an adorable picture book about a bear named Kuda that starts hearing some loud and new sounds in the woods. He doesn’t like the loud noises, especially unfamiliar ones. He tries to block out the noise any way he can with no luck. Finally he discovers what the noise is all about, and that maybe it wasn’t so bad after all. The illustrations are wonderful and I love the author’s note at the end of the book. She talks about children with sensory integration issues and how she wrote the book This is an adorable picture book about a bear named Kuda that starts hearing some loud and new sounds in the woods. He doesn’t like the loud noises, especially unfamiliar ones. He tries to block out the noise any way he can with no luck. Finally he discovers what the noise is all about, and that maybe it wasn’t so bad after all. The illustrations are wonderful and I love the author’s note at the end of the book. She talks about children with sensory integration issues and how she wrote the book with those children in mind. As a parent of a child with some autistic traits, I really appreciate her sensitivity to children who experience the world a little differently. I think children will really be able to relate to Kuda and enjoy this story!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Kuda the bear likes soft sounds, so when a rock-and-roll-loving animal moves to his neighborhood, he doesn't like it one bit. Can he learn to appreciate rock and roll? Using fun woodland creatures and a few bear puns, Sherry Howard weaves a story that will be relatable to anyone who's wished for quiet, and especially those with autism or sensory integration issues (as she explains in the back matter). I also adore the illustrations and a found a few more puns in those. Kuda the bear likes soft sounds, so when a rock-and-roll-loving animal moves to his neighborhood, he doesn't like it one bit. Can he learn to appreciate rock and roll? Using fun woodland creatures and a few bear puns, Sherry Howard weaves a story that will be relatable to anyone who's wished for quiet, and especially those with autism or sensory integration issues (as she explains in the back matter). I also adore the illustrations and a found a few more puns in those.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura Lavoie

    In this book, Kuda the bear doesn't like his noisy new music-playing neighbor. This is a great read to help understand sensory sensitivities. Beyond that, Kuda is a sweet character and the repetition of the musical beat throughout is fun for kids to repeat. A big hit with the little ones in my household! In this book, Kuda the bear doesn't like his noisy new music-playing neighbor. This is a great read to help understand sensory sensitivities. Beyond that, Kuda is a sweet character and the repetition of the musical beat throughout is fun for kids to repeat. A big hit with the little ones in my household!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Kerstein

    Kuda is a loveable, relatable character! I absolutely loved witnessing Kuda's growth and courage in this wonderful story! I highly recommend Rock and Roll Woods for home and classroom reading! This book is inspiring and a lot of fun! Kuda is a loveable, relatable character! I absolutely loved witnessing Kuda's growth and courage in this wonderful story! I highly recommend Rock and Roll Woods for home and classroom reading! This book is inspiring and a lot of fun!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mic

    We really enjoyed this book! Great story and adorable illustrations.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aolund

    When loud noises interrupt the usual peaceful sounds of the woods, Kuda the bear doesn't understand how all the other animals enjoy the loud music—it just makes him want to hide! In his own time, Kuda decides to try getting a little closer to the music, and eventually finds he likes it more than he expected. This is a fun, short, and approachable story about trying new things and how we all process sensory experiences differently. Themes: Social Emotional, Loud, Music, Friends Age range: Toddler When loud noises interrupt the usual peaceful sounds of the woods, Kuda the bear doesn't understand how all the other animals enjoy the loud music—it just makes him want to hide! In his own time, Kuda decides to try getting a little closer to the music, and eventually finds he likes it more than he expected. This is a fun, short, and approachable story about trying new things and how we all process sensory experiences differently. Themes: Social Emotional, Loud, Music, Friends Age range: Toddler through preschool

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