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. Volume XIII Number 22 . . . . June 22, 2007
Preschoolers may have already met the work of this wife/husband team in such books as One Some Many, Over Under and ABCx3. The simple, but effective, cut paper illustrations of 14 creatures which appear against bright, contrasting backgrounds will entrance youngsters who will want time to leisurely revisit the book’s illustrations after an adult has finished reading its brief text to them. The text for each critter that flies, walks, swims or crawls consists of but two words, with one being the name of the creature and the other the name of its favourite “eats.” Consequently, “worm” goes with “apple” and “bears” go with “fish.” The book’s design involves a combination of double page spreads and pairs of facing pages with each containing a different creature. The double page spreads tend to be used for larger animals like giraffes (leaves), anteater (ants, a line of which trail across the page), whale (squid), and the aforementioned bears although the much smaller “bird” (worm) and squirrel (acorns) share the same branch which spreads over two pages. Some of the “eaters,” like “dog”(bone), will be familiar to most youngsters, but others, such as “rat” (cheese) and “frog” (fly), might be outside their personal experience.
An excellent book for libraries serving preschoolers as well as a most worthy home purchase.
Dave Jenkinson has taught courses in children’s and YA literature at the Faculty of Education, the University of Manitoba for more than three decades.
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