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Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday New Books

Peek-A-Boo Bunny by Holly Surplice is a hopping good book.  I know, bunny puns.  This mixed media collage story will take you into the sweetest forest with friendly animals and a lively game of hide-and-seek.
I find the three dimensional collage work makes the meadow and forest cheerful and inviting.  The painted animals with the pastel colored background and mix of plants, weeds, leaves, trees, and grasses give this title a lot of texture and depth.
I'll use this with preschoolers in Storytime and with Kindergarten students in school.  The rhyming verse goes hand in hand with the playful, joyful art.  This title easily lends itself to the Early Literacy skill of Play.  How fun to read this together, play your own game of hide and seek, and then come back and discuss where the animals hid and where you hid and use new words to describe those places.
You can ask your child, "Where is bear hiding?" and talk about 'behind the tree' and then relate it to where your child hid, like behind the sofa, or under the table.  Asking "what" questions while reading with your child helps draw your child into the story.  Relating the story to their prior knowledge or experience also helps the child make connects to the book, words, and her world.

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