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. Volume XIX Number 36. . . .May 17, 2013
This imaginative tale starts with a small greyish/blue scrap of circular paper, blowing in the wind. This piece is joined by other multicolored shapes that total seven. The question is asked,
The chicken claims ownership and forms the scraps into his recognizable form. This claim is denied by the fish, the bird, the snail, and the frog who, in turn, use the different pieces to form their own shapes and then repeat the familiar refrain, “I’m the one ...”
In the end, it is the wind who silences them all and offers the shapes to the reader.
This simple cumulative tale is told with sparse text and is accompanied by playful and effective collage drawings on white backgrounds. As a read-aloud, the story will appeal to the imagination of the early years set. It will be entertaining for children to see how the shapes are arranged and again rearranged so uniquely to form the variety of animals. Even more fun can be had if parents or teachers check out the back flyleaf and take advantage of a great activity. The Owlkids website offers young readers a chance to download the different pieces and create their own animal shapes.
Reesa Cohen is a retired Instructor of Children’s Literature and Information Literacy at the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB.
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