Tuesday, July 4, 2017

INTERACTIVE BOOK REVIEWS: In the Jungle by Paul Boston/Under the Sea by Paul Boston


ABOUT THE BOOK

Choose your mode of transport and set off on an adventure that will take you all the way across a fantasy world. Can you navigate huge roundabouts with sleeping sea dragons, or cross bridges guarded by gorillas? Negotiate pesky road obstructions by solving the math problems correctly. Pick up hidden objects, collect bonus points, and use your mapping skills to zoom backward and forward through the book. Incredibly busy and colorful artwork will delight young children, and once they reach their objective, readers can absorb themselves in all sorts of bonus math activities.

REVIEW

This book provides so much more than just search and find fun.  Each picture is part of a bigger map and is given coordinates (e.x. D,1).  There are also opportunities to practice counting, critical thinking, recognizing shapes, and telling time.  This is a kind of book that can be enjoyed time and time again with young readers completing different activities each time.  In addition, there is a lot here to talk about as parent/reader to child.  This interactive book is both educational and enjoyable. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and appealing.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Choose your mode of transport and set off on an adventure that will take you all the way across a fantasy world. Can you navigate huge roundabouts with sleeping sea dragons, or cross bridges guarded by gorillas? Negotiate pesky road obstructions by solving the math problems correctly. Pick up hidden objects, collect bonus points, and use your mapping skills to zoom backward and forward through the book. Incredibly busy and colorful artwork will delight young children, and once they reach their objective, readers can absorb themselves in all sorts of bonus math activities.

REVIEW

Under the Sea is not the usual search and find book.  In addition to giving young readers objects to search for, the book also encourages readers to answer math, map, and problem solving questions along the way.  There is even an element of 'choose your own adventure' to the book as well. On each page, the reader gets to choose which paths to take to accomplish the objectives mentioned for that page, that includes deciding which exit to take.  Different exits send the reader to different pages, so the book doesn't necessarily have to be read in order except at the beginning and the end.  This book can be read and enjoyed many different ways making it a book to return to again and again.

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