Thursday, December 29, 2011

Critters in Picture Books

Here are a few picture books that provide some information about various creatures through rhyming text and other more visual elements.

IN THE SEA by David Elliott with illustrations by Holly Meade (Candlewick Press, 2012) is a collection of short poems about various sea creatures. Here is a quarter of poems from one double page spread:

The Urchin
The Sardine
The Mackerel
The Shrimp

BUGS GALORE by Peter Stein with illustrations by Bob Staake (Candlewick Press 2012) is one long poetic homage to bugs of all kinds: stinky bugs, crawly bugs, roly poly, swimming, shiny, etc. Two children frolic in their adventures as they discover more and more bugs. <673>

I SPY UNDER THE SEA by Edward Gibbs (Templar Books 2012) has a die-cut hole in the cover that allows readers to "spy" on a tiny piece of a sea creature. Using the clue provided, they are invited to guess which animal will appear on the next page. <674>

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