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Friday, May 3, 2013

Imagination...


The Deep, Deep, Puddle by Mary Jessie Parker, illustrated by Deborah Zemke goes right along with the reality of too much rain that we've had here in Northeast Indiana.   It's a counting book where the huge puddle swallows up many animals, people, and vehicles. 
The gouache art was created on Fabriano Artistico paper and has great details.  Zemke compares some of the pictures to Where's Waldo, where you can hunt and find different people, animals, or a hotdog stand.
Zemke has a website where you can learn step-by-step how to draw a Quokka, here.
This is a cumulative story that starts with one shaggy dog and goes all the way to twelve workers that do the clean-up.  This would be useful in a preschool storytime, with four and five year-olds, but could be used for Kindergarten through second grade.  I wouldn't use it with any children younger than 4, it's too much for that age.  Because of how much is going on, I think this would work best with a small group of children, under 10, or one-on-one with parent and child.

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