The Song of Zong
by William A. Moses

"Everyone, sing along; sing
the Song of Zong
Where everything is right
and nothing is ever wrong."

On the planet Zong, the primary method of communication is through song and dance. This premise alone is one that younger readers who are beginning to get familiar with the written word are certain to relish. Moses' use of alliteration and repetition is commendable as it serves to plant sound in the readers' minds and build recognition for rhythm.

While experiencing more of Fling Flong, Wing Wong, and Bing Bong's adventures on Zong would have been enlightening for young readers, the ping pong tournament stands out in its ability to stimulate a child's imagination. Moses' ability to seamlessly take routine experiences like eating cereal, singing in the choir, or playing ping pong and turn them into extraordinary, interplanetary adventures is on display throughout the story. Moreover, his command of literary prose is evident by his personification of the smiling sun and singing ocean. On a deeper level, it is not difficult to envision a sing-along of this book in a classroom. When they see the sun smiling and the ocean singing, even shy students are likely to join in wholeheartedly.

For elementary students, auditory learning is more important than ever. Not only does the author focus on the learning aspect, but he consistently alludes to strength and the limitlessness of one's potential on Zong. By emphasizing this notion and providing illustrations that can connect with students—especially King Kong hanging on the skyscraper—Moses' story is one that is rooted in childhood adventure and familiarity, easily resonating with elementary-aged children.

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