Hey Diddle Diddle
“Hey Diddle Diddle” is a whimsical journey along a riparian food web through the songs and antics of eight interconnected species. From a shiny green beetle “tappin’ his feet and singin’ a song” to a smug bobcat that feels like the “queen” of the jungle, readers will observe several colorful characters moving through three food chains in a familiar North American habitat.

Written by Pam Kapchinske
Illustrated by Sherry Rogers

32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 3-8, Grades PK-3
Lexile: AD 820, AR: 3.0, RC: 3.4, F&P: M
Hardcover 9781607181309 $16.95  
Paperback 9781607181408 $8.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628554137 $9.95  
EBook 9781607183099 $6.95  
Spanish EBook 9781628551389 $6.95  
Keywords:   food chain, food web, animal classification, riparian habitat, rhyme and rhythm, life science, predator or prey, adaptations
Animals in the book:   beetle, snake, hawk, frog, bass, lizard, caterpillar, bobcat
Vetters:   Thanks to Loran Wlodarski, Science Writer, for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book.


This rhyming book should keep young children engaged and is appropriate for children in pre-school through the third grade. It would be a great addition to any elementary school science curriculum. - Science Books & Films

The [beat is] rollicking and will likely have readers and listeners alike tapping their toes. - Kirkus Reviews

This book doesn't so much define a food chain as it simply illustrates different food chains within a single ecosystem, thus introducing children to the concept of the food web. - Home School Book Review

Author/Illustrator Info:

Pam Kapchinske is a freelance writer and editor of educational materials. She creates K-12 web-based assessments for Scantron Corporation and has written science content for Discovery Education. Her children’s poetry has been published in Ladybug magazine. Pam holds a B.S. in Biology and taught science in the Peace Corps in Zimbabwe. She lives with her husband and two boys in San Diego. Hey Diddle Diddle is her debut picture book.

Sherry Rogers spent twelve years as a corporate graphic designer and artist before “leaving it all behind” for the freelance world of illustrating children’s books. Through illustrating The First Fire, Sherry remembers her own ancestor, Na Ni, a Cherokee woman from the mountains of North Carolina. Some of Sherry’s other Arbordale titles include The Penguin Lady, Ten for Me, Hey Diddle Diddle, Newton and Me, Moose and Magpie, Paws, Claws, Hands & Feet, and The Deductive Detective; as well as her award-winning titles: Sort It Out!, Kersplatypus, Burro’s Tortillas, and If You Were a Parrot. Sherry lives in Northern California with her family and their pets. Visit her website at sherry-rogers.com.


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