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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tuesday Variants

Over in the Arctic Where the Cold Winds Blow by Marianne Berkes, illustrations by Jill Dubin is a windy, cold addition to the "Over in the Meadow" read-alikes.
Berkes has done other read-alikes and this one does not disappoint.  The artwork is cut papers with colored pencils and pastels.  I love all the layers and textures.  Collage is one of my favorite ways to illustrate.
In the back there are tips from the author and illustrator plus facts about the animals featured, tune and lyrics for the song, and a note about the 'hidden' animals in the pictures.
This is a terrific example of science in a picture book.  Great illustrations with scientific facts with even more ideas from the author and illustrator.  I especially like it when an artist explains how they do their art.  This book is one I'd use with preschoolers (about 4 or 5 year-olds) to third graders because of all the real information.

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