Monday, July 20, 2009

Picture Book: Lines that Wiggle

Lines That Wiggle is an intriguing book by author Candace Whitman. This stylishly illustrated picture book asks kids to interpret the different lines on each page using visual cues and minimal text.

For example, the "Lines that Wiggle" page shows a monster cozying up to a wiggly snake; the "lines that trap" page has a monster stuck in a spiderweb. Every page features a different monster, which will really tickle kids!

As kids visually and physically follow the lines through this book, they will build a really important set of early literacy skills. They'll work on spatial awareness (both 2d and 3d), which helps kids understand shapes in space and on paper. This will assist kids when they begin forming letters, and when they do simple math.

Kids will also learn to rely on visual cues when interpreting text. This is another important decoding skill; it's especially helpful for beginning readers, who use pictures to help them decode words, and for nonfiction reading, where images support the information gained through the text.

Most of all, this is a fun and engaging book that invites kids to participate in reading and understanding. With appealing, retro illustrations and charming monsters on every page, this book will appeal to most preschoolers.

Picture Book

Ages 3-6

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