Cinco Criaturas (Five Creatures) by Emily Jenkins, Eunice Cortes, Tomasz Bogacki, Tomek Bogacki |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Cinco Criaturas (Five Creatures)

Cinco Criaturas (Five Creatures)

by Emily Jenkins, Eunice Cortes, Tomasz Bogacki, Tomek Bogacki
     
 
Tres humanos y dos gatos.
Cinco criaturas viven en casa.
Tres humanos y dos gatos.
Tres pequeños y dos grandes.
Cuatro adultos y una niña. (¡Esa soy yo!).
Tres con pelo anaranjado y dos con pelo gris.
Dos tienen el cabello largo y tres lo tienen corto.

Un libro de tiernas e inteligentes comparaciones,

Overview

Tres humanos y dos gatos.
Cinco criaturas viven en casa.
Tres humanos y dos gatos.
Tres pequeños y dos grandes.
Cuatro adultos y una niña. (¡Esa soy yo!).
Tres con pelo anaranjado y dos con pelo gris.
Dos tienen el cabello largo y tres lo tienen corto.

Un libro de tiernas e inteligentes comparaciones, texto simple y dibujos cálidos que describe varias escenas de una familia feliz en la cual cada miembro es único y distinto, pero a la vez tiene algo en común con uno o más de los otros. Lo divertido es el modo en que son expuestas esas similitudes y diferencias.

Editorial Reviews

Publisher's Weekly
Three people and two cats form a cozy quintet in this volume, in which Jenkins (The Secret Life of Billie's Uncle Myron) playfully appraises a family's varied talents and tastes just the way a child learning to count might do. A girl, the diminutive version of her red-haired mother, does the accounting. She notices that of the "five creatures" in her family, there are "Four who like to eat fish.... Two who like to eat mice. Only one who likes to eat beets." A dinnertime image reveals each individual's preferences; purple vegetables fill the narrator's white plate, while the cats monitor a telltale hole in the wall. Round-the-clock glimpses of the household show "One who sings loud late at night" (a charcoal-gray cat in a moonlit window) and "one who sings in the morning" (the girl's father, standing over the sink in his striped pajamas). When her father falls asleep on the couch with the cats, the girl lists "Three who nap with the Sunday newspaper." She sits nearby, imitating her bookworm mother by flipping through a picture book: "Two who can read, and one who is learning." Bogacki (The Bird, the Monkey, and the Snake in the Jungle) suggests contentment with a subdued palette of autumn orange, sea green and creamy, pale yellow. His tranquil illustrations provide clues to Jenkins's narrative, which encourages deductive reasoning. Jenkins smoothly weaves logical analysis into a narrative that exudes warmth, and the book concludes with a gentle scene of togetherness: "Five who sit together in the evening by the fire." Ages 3-6. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Child Magazine
A Child Magazine Best Book of 2001 Pick
Inside a little girl's house live five creatures -- three humans and two cats. Mix-and-match descriptions ("Two who like to eat mice. Only one who likes to eat beets") add up to loads of fun.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-A lighthearted look at a family from different viewpoints. The five members of the household, both human and feline, share many traits with one another while maintaining their individuality. The narrator (and only child in the group) sorts the five by their various commonalities from hair color to leisure activities to food preferences. "Three who like to hide in boxes./Four who have a knack with yarn." Although the illustrations in pastel colors seem a little lackluster at first, readers will be drawn in by their soft, gentle flow from scene to scene and the portrait they combine to create of a warm and loving family. Primary-grade teachers will find this a wonderful accompaniment when teaching grouping and Venn diagrams as it will allow them to assist students in making real-life connections to mathematical concepts. Children will simply enjoy it for the good story that it is.-Sheryl L. Shipley, North Central Local Schools, Pioneer, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Shared and distinct traits appear in the five creatures in Jenkins's household—two adults, a young girl, and two cats. Bogacki (My First Garden, 2000, etc.) uses a fish-eye perspective and a schoolchild's elementary expressiveness to give these comparisons a decidedly mellow, soft-focus feel. "Four who like to eat fish. Three who like to drink milk, one who's allergic, and one who only has it in coffee. Two who like to eat mice. Only one who likes to eat beets." The comparisons fluidly shift back and forth, including adult with child, or child with cat, or any combination that fits. There are even those shared if dissimilar tastes: "Five who love birds . . . but not all in the same way." There are touches of humor: apparently one of the cats can open the cupboard door, and it's the cats and adults who can climb on high stools. The book has an appealing way of inviting the reader in, allowing for moments of identification: "Two who can read, and one who is learning" or "three who don't like taking baths." And it is also good fun to chart the action of the text; it's not always who you'd think who gets included or left out of the mix. A great introduction to Venn diagramming, but fun enough to start folks grouping on their own. (Picture book. 3-6)
Criticas
PreS-Gr 1-In this lovely celebration of domestic life, Jenkins has some surprising fun with the notion that the two cats, two adults, and one child in a household are all creatures. She describes how three of the creatures don't like to take baths (that would be the girl and the two felines); and how three have orange hair (that would be the mother, the daughter, and one of the pets). The book continues with some amusing twists and turns. The various unexpected pairings and groupings can serve as a fun introduction to the analysis of such mathematical concepts as Venn diagrams. The childlike illustrations are fun and use calming tones of orange, green, and yellow to convey an overall feeling of tranquillity. The small amount of text on each page is competently translated. The illustrations also provide clever visual clues that assist readers in guessing at further connections among the creatures. Recommended, especially for libraries and bookstores.
—Rebecca Thatcher Murcia, Akron, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789706906489
Publisher:
Planeta Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Series:
Picture Bks.
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Emily Jenkins is a freelance writer, critic, and book reviewer. She is also the author of a book for adults and co-author of a children's book, The Secret Life of Billie's Uncle Myron. She lives in New York City.

Tomek Bogacki's previous books for young readers include the Cat and Mouse books and My First Garden. He was born in Poland and now lives in New York City.

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