________________ CM . . . . Volume XII Number 8 . . . . December 9, 2005

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Kids Do, Animals Too: A Book of Playground Opposites.

Debora Pearson. Illustrated by Nora Hilb.
Toronto, ON: Annick, 2005.
24 pp., pbk. & cl., $5.95 (pbk.), $17.95 (cl.).
ISBN 1-55037-922-4 (pbk.), ISBN 1-55037-923-2 (cl.).

Subject Heading:
English language-Synonyms and antonyms-Juvenile literature.

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 3-6.

Review by Ellen Heaney.

**½ /4

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Debora Pearson recently treated readers to Leo's Tree (Annick, 2004), which rivals Silverstein's Giving Tree as an exploration of growth and change. Here, she has produced another pleasant little book for little people.

     The subtitle of the book describes the content: double spreads present concepts such as 'fast' ("Kate and her puppy race to the park") and 'slow' ("Tom and his dog roll s-l-o-w-l-y there"). To introduce another idea in the same sequence, small Tom and his large dog are being pulled in a red wagon by dopey-looking Dad.

     The coloured illustrations by Nora Hilb are light and bright, with simple shapes on uncluttered backgrounds. The cast of characters is a multicultural one, and there are lots in interesting small details like bugs and playground signs to be spotted and talked about.

     This is not an essential purchase, but it would be useful in a preschool or kindergarten classroom, or in a public library's picture book collection.

Recommended.

Ellen Heaney is Head of Children's Services at the New Westminster Public Library in New Westminster, BC.

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