Book of Imagining

Book of Imagining

by Selma Wassermann, Dennis Smith, Jack Wassermann

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- The books in this series purport to stimulate creative thinking and reasoning skills. Although they are attractively illustrated and have texts simple enough for young independent readers, they are not successful in achieving their stated goals. What If? attempts to define a creative imagination by comparing one child's idea for a flying project at school with what are presented as the more mundane solutions of his peers. Because of this negative, competitive situation, children may well be confused about the message. Creativity often stems from the freedom to take risks; suggesting that ``my idea is better than yours'' is detrimental to this concept. What's Alike? What's Different? sets up comparisons of objects, animals, and foodstuffs. In one example, a small boy has to choose either cookies or apples to take on a week-long camping trip. The choice is not so obvious; apples may indeed be better for you, but cookies are a quick source of energy and lighter to carry. And why couldn't he take some of each? Butterworth's Nice or Nasty: A Book of Opposites (Little, 1987) promotes comparisons without setting up right and wrong answers. Why Do You Suppose? introduces the idea of hypothesis. While the concept of analyzing why things are a certain way is a valid one, some of the questions posed are not. The moon does not really ``change shape every night,'' as the authors suggest. It is always a sphere. The appearance of the moon in the night sky is different as the month progresses. This series fails to live up to its promises. --Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, NY Grades 3-6

Product Details

Walker & Company
Publication date:
Smart Start Ser.
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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