Monday, November 17, 2008

Picturebook: Old Bear

Beloved author Kevin Henkes has written another winning picture book. Like his award winning "Kitten's First Full Moon", "Old Bear" is drawn with thick lines and a cartoon style. The art is beautiful, with just a touch of abstract in the full colour spreads.

This is an excellent themed pick for Fall or Seasons units. Old Bear goes to sleep in the fall, and dreams about the changing seasons through the year. When he wakes up, it's spring...and it looks just like his vibrant dream! Old Bear can hardly believe he's awake. The extremely simple text and plot mean that this book is suitable for very young children: however, older kids will enjoy playing seek and find in the detailed depictions of the seasons. A lovely book, suitable for all ages.


Ages 1-4

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Picturebook: Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?

This rhyming picturebook has a snappy beat, and a sure-bet premise. Kangaroo can't figure out who ate all her cookie dough, so she asks each of her friends in turn:

" monkey, monkey, do you know/who ate all the cookie dough?"

"I don't know, it wasn't me! Maybe Hippo. Let's go see."

And so on, until it's clear that the culprit is hiding...right under Kangaroo's nose!

With a fun flap at the end and a refrain that really encourages participation from kids and parents, this book is a great choice for readalouds and storytimes for the younger crowd.


Ages 2-5

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