Tuesday, June 6, 2017

PICTURE BOOK REVIEWS: A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea/Skip through the Seasons


ABOUT THE BOOK

Discover amazing and fascinating sea creatures as you go on a madcap journey through the world of the hole in the bottom of the sea! Based on a traditional cumulative song, each verse introduces a new creature and its place in the food chain, as the shark chases the eel, who chases the squid, who chases the snail... Enhanced CD includes video animation and audio singalong.

REVIEW

I have used several of Barefoot Books book/CD combinations with my kindergartners and they've been a hit every time.  I used this one with a sea life theme and I had have the class singing along before the book was halfway done.  The illustrations are bright and colorful with large font text, perfect for using as a read-a-loud.  Not only is the song a fun, catchy one but it makes for a great introduction to topics related to the ocean and sea life.  At the back of the book, additional information is provided about the food chain that is depicted in the song as well as blue holes (real holes found at the bottom of the sea).  A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea makes for both a great learning experience and a delightfully entertaining one.


ABOUT THE BOOK

This action-packed seek-and-find book takes young readers on an outdoor adventure through the changing months of the year. Each month is presented with a detailed, full-color scene with an exciting array of seasonal items to look for.

REVIEW

Not only does Skip through the Seasons introduce the seasons and the months, but it's also a search and find book with a list of things for children to look for in the illustrations.  This is a great way for children to practice their visual literacy skills, and its fun to see what you can find.  Somehow it's quite satisfying to find everything on the list.  Each list focuses on items specific to the season and the month which helps create connections in children's minds.  At the end of the book is additional information about different calendars, where the month names came from, the source of the seasons, and the days of the week in six different languages. This book is both fun and educational.


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