________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 2 . . . . September 12, 2008

cover What Would You Do?

Elaine Larivière Chaput.
Winnipeg, MB: Pemmican, 2008.
24 pp., stapled, $10.95.
ISBN 978-1-894717-48-9.

Subject Heading:
Problem solving-Juvenile fiction.

Preschool / Ages 2-4.

Review by Min So.

***½ /4

excerpt:

What would you do if you lost your shoe?

Would you hide in a corner to cry boo-hoo?

 

This simple yet charming book looks at how a boy who loses his shoe can choose to deal with such a challenging situation. He could cry, sulk, and get angry... Or he could think about where he put his shoe and try to look for it.

internal art

      The book is laid out so that the illustration is on one side of the page and the text is on the other. This layout allows the reader to appreciate or share the story in a relaxed fashion. Furthermore, it is a surprise when you continue reading past a couple of pages and realize that the story is told in rhyme.

      The illustrations are quirky and fun to look at. They add another level to the story as two cats, who are in the pictures but not mentioned in the text, help the boy look for his shoe. Also you feel like you are part of the story because the boy and the two cats look towards you in several of the pictures.

      Overall, I recommend this book as not only a fun story to share but also an ingenious way to teach young kids about making the choice to make the best out of any situation.

Highly Recommended.

Min So is an on-call children's librarian at the Vancouver Public Library in Vancouver, BC.

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ISSN 1201-9364
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