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Monday, November 18, 2013

New Books Monday

Hide-and-Seek Science: Animal Camouflage by Emma Stevenson is collection of habitats and how animal's coloring camouflage them from predators.
The artwork was created with gouache.  The multi-layered illustrations are carefully painted and on a 2 page spread, then turn the page and all the animals have been numbered with a line of information on each animal with a paragraph for the habitat.
This title will encourage those students that love the search and find books like Waldo, I Spy, and others, to search, but then adds a layer of information.  The next step would be to capitalize on their interest and hurl them into more informational texts.  I would use this with school-age children.
I love the watercolor paintings, especially the swamp with its above and below water scene, the rainforest, and the coral reef.  I like Stevenson's wet-in-wet and dry brushing techniques.

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