Bright humorous writing helps even young children understand the Emperor Penguin's extraordinary effort at laying and caring for a single egg, and then chick, through an Antarctic winter.
Imagine sitting for two months without food, in driving snow, high winds, -40C temperatures, and you have to keep an egg on top of your feet! Jenkins writes, "... I'd be very, very miserable. Luckily the penguins don't seem to mind too much. They have thick feathers and lots of fat..." In this way kids can enjoy learning the amazing way Emperor Penguins care for their young. Even the well executed illustrations are informative.
Kids enjoy this anthology of intelligent poems, answering such questions as why popcorn pops –it's terrific.
"Would clouds feel fluffy,/ Soft and grand,/ If I could touch them/ With my hand?" Amy Koss takes children's minds seriously, without losing sight of the beauty and magic of discovery. Her 14 factual poems are both entertaining and fascinating to children without ever being silly. Even the adult reader will likely learn something from Where Fish Go in Winter. It is an extraordinary work.
The effect of shape, color, position and relationship of objects in an artwork are examined for their effect on one's perceptual and emotional interpretation of the work.
Beginning with Little Red Riding Hood, as a small red triangle, Bangs introduces a 'grandma', a forest of tree trunks, and the wolf. At each step she shows how modifications to their shape, color and relative position changes our reaction to the picture. Coordination of color to enhance associations is shown when the wolf's eye is given the same red as Little Red. The last half of the book examines and demonstrates general principles and provides useful exercises.
You will never look at your hands the same way again, after grasping Aliki's perspective on their amazing features, versatility and utility.
My Hands proves that no-nonsense facts can be entertaining, even to small children. Each page reveals a new feature or a new use for hands. In simple, interesting drawings we see children displaying or using their hands as the text describes. Even the obvious becomes more real when clearly stated: "I put my hands together. The fingers of my right hand touch the same fingers of my left hand!
E,S&L contrasts the proper and improper use of commas, effectively showing their impact on understanding.
This is a children's version of Lynne Truss's adult book, by the same title. It presents 13 examples of comma abuse (14, if you count the title) and their corrections, using sentences that are humorous when incorrect. For example, "Slow, children crossing" is a partial sentence of two independent phrases. However, without the comma the word slow in "Slow children crossing" becomes an adjective that modifies children. All thirteen examples are explained at end of the book.
Bauer explains how sensible planning –with detailed discussion on the development of character, plot, perspective, dialogue, and figurative language– is essential in preparing and revising a work of fiction.
This advice on writing may seem simplistic, even redundant for those taking writing classes in grade school. But, where school work is a series of lesson segments and assignments, Bauer's What's Your Story? presents beginner level information in an organized whole. The wealth of constructive explanation shows an early writer how to think and plan a story effectively. The book's best advice lies in learning the details of the world; its great weakness is inattention to theme.
This unusual presentation of the concept "one"—applied to groups (e.g. one dozen) —equivocates by concluding that "one" can actually be more than "one".
This unusual book demonstrates the abstract nature of the word "one". "One" can refer to one group composed of any number of objects, or even to a group with an unspecified number, such as a "family!" The illustrations properly progress from ONE "pair" of shoes to ONE beach of sand particles! Unfortunately, the book seriously fails, when it drops context to argue that "one" can also mean "five". Kids are left wondering if the quantity "one" can also mean the quantity "five."