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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday

Does a Woodpecker Use a Hammer? by Harriet Ziefert, illustrations by Emily Bolam is one of a new series call 'Think About....'  and is a first nonfiction book.
This series poses a question, which is the title, then it goes into more depth asking if other animals use a hammer and compares that to humans and how we use tools.  There is a letter to parents in the front and questions in the back to help parents understand how to use these books with their children.  I like how they help parents help their children learn to problem solve and think through a question. It works it's way through some common human tools and a bit of history.  Other titles in this series include: 
Does a Bear Wear Boots? 
Does a Beaver Sleep in a Bed? 
Does a Camel Cook Spaghetti?
Does a Panda Go to School?
Does an Owl Wear Eyeglasses?
Does a Tiger Go to the Dentist?
Does a Hippo Go to the Doctor? and
Does a Seal Smile?
I'll use these with a group of preschoolers and with Kindergarten to second grade.  I'm sure the teachers will love this series as well as the parents.

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