Sunday, February 28, 2010

Looking Closely Around the Pond by Frank Serafini

Serafini, Frank Looking Closely Around the Pond, 40 pgs. Kids Can Press Ltd, 2010. $16.95. Language - G; Sexual Content - G; Violence -G. This is a fun book that teaches about wildlife that lives within and around the pond. It begins with asking the reader, "What do you see?" and it shows a small portion of a picture. Then on the next page, the picture is revealed. You might think it is a sea shell or butterfly wings, but on the next page, it turns out to be a box turtle. Children will become familiar with mallard ducks, dragonflies, water lilies, and cattails to name a few. This book encourages children to ask questions, to use their imaginations, and it follows a predictable format. It would be good to use for younger grade science. EL(K-3) - ESSENTIAL. Anna Mattheus, Elementary Teacher.

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