CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 36 . . . . May 18, 2012
In this engaging concept book, readers follow three children through the seasons as they plant seedlings, draw pictures of rainbows, carve pumpkins and shovel snow. Easy-to-read, rhyming text describes each scene: “Slosh from the big one/ into the small./ Whooshing and sloshing – your own waterfall./ SPLASH!”. Nora Hilb’s charmingly simple watercolour illustrations show a bathing-suited young girl and boy having fun at the beach pouring water into pails. On the facing page, a closeup photograph of a rushing waterfall complements and extends the text. Another spread features a photo of rows of wind turbines alongside an illustration of a girl holding a pinwheel. A photo of migrating geese is paired with an illustration of two boys “honk[ing]” on their toy trumpets.Children will be eager to mimic the characters and pretend to be a worm “(Lie down on your tummy./ Move side to side./ Wriggle and wiggle and slither and slide. / SLINK!”), a frog (“Bouncing and bounding /right over the log./ Long legs are leaping – it must be a frog./ CROAK!”) , and a bear (“GRRRRR”). This book encourages creative play, and, in the process, children will learn about colours, shapes, sizes and patterns.
The text and illustrations invite many opportunities for discussion and participation, making this a good choice for early years classrooms and libraries.
Linda Ludke is a librarian in London, ON
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