________________ CM . . . . Volume XXIV Number 41 . . . . June 22, 2018


See How We Move! A First Book of Health and Well-Being. (Exploring Our Community).

Scot Ritchie.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2018.
32 pp., hardcover, $16.99.
ISBN 978-1-77138-967-9.

Subject Headings:
Exercise-Juvenile literature.
Health-Juvenile literature.

Kindergarten-grade 2 / Ages 5-7.

Review by Sheryl Lee.

*** /4



Wash Up!

No one on the team wants to get sick before the big meet! So the friends have been washing their hands regularly with soap and water. Handwashing helps to stop the spread of bad germs that can make you sick.

Germs are so tiny that you can only see them with a microscope. Coughing into your elbow and staying away from others when you're sick – or when they are – are two other ways to keep bad germs from spreading.

Scot Ritchie's See How We Move! is an introduction to the concepts of health and well-being for young children. Many topics, such as exercising, warming up, training, germs, being part of a team, nutrition, human body, sportsmanship, sports competitions, are briefly covered. Ritchie draws the young reader's attention by pairing each topic with an ongoing narrative throughout the book about a young swim team preparing for a competitive swim meet. The nonfiction content is often a very short fact, and it may have a question asking readers to reflect on their current habits and compare them with the fact presented. The book is complete with a table of contents, glossary, as well as some games to play that involve physical exercise.

      All the pictures and diagrams are digitally rendered with a cartoon-esque style in colour. Each topic is presented over a two-page spread with two-thirds of it being a picture. Visually, this book has a fictional storybook appearance, one which captures the young audience's attention, but it may be a little difficult for readers to focus on the nonfiction content due to the nature of the cartoon drawings versus photographs and diagrams. Overall, the fiction narrative dominates the book and the nonfiction portion is more like an afterthought or a side note. If used as a classroom resource, See How We Move! is definitely a very general overview of the topic of health and well-being and would serve as a unit starter. With only one-third of the two-page spreads being text and of that text mostly being the fictional narrative, there is little nonfiction content. The language used in See How We Move! is very age-appropriate, and the characters are very relatable to young children.

      Scot Ritchie has written other books, such as See What We Eat! A First Book of Healthy Living, which have a similar format that is geared towards younger readers.


Sheryl Lee is a mother of two young children and a teacher-librarian in New Westminster, BC.

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