Eats

Eats

by Marthe Jocelyn, Tom Slaughter
     
 

With a fresh cast of animal characters — and what they eat — the creative team of Marthe Jocelyn and Tom Slaughter has produced another work in their award-winning series for very young book and art lovers.

Marthe Jocelyn’s simple concept of matching creatures — familiar and unusual — with their favorite foods is brought to life by

Overview

With a fresh cast of animal characters — and what they eat — the creative team of Marthe Jocelyn and Tom Slaughter has produced another work in their award-winning series for very young book and art lovers.

Marthe Jocelyn’s simple concept of matching creatures — familiar and unusual — with their favorite foods is brought to life by the sparkling colors and masterfully cut paper shapes of Tom Slaughter’s illustrations; a first taste of modern art. And the surprise final picture makes a satisfying dessert.

Previous titles have received acclaim from Japan to Denmark, from France to Mexico. Enhancing a child’s visual and verbal vocabulary, Eats makes a joyful addition to the collection.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“top marks here for concept and execution”
The Globe and Mail

“… simple and elegant… Young readers will savor the concept while poring over the compositions.”
The Horn Book

“… an excellent introduction for those just starting to learn about relationships.”
School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
This nonfiction book for the very young has a colorful illustration and only one or two words on each page. The bold, painted-paper cuts on each page show an animal and something it eats. On the first page are the words worm and bird; the picture shows a worm and a bird. This continues with a squirrel, giraffes, an anteater, a frog, bees, a rat, a dog, a whale, a squid, bears, fish, a zebra, a monkey, and a panda. Each is pictured with something that they usually eat. At the end, Marthe Jocelyn brings the focus back the reader, asking "And who eats ice cream?" This book follows the food chain in the simplest of terms. Readers could learn to read the words by identifying the picture. They could also learn a basic science concept from this simple book. There are a few pages where it is difficult to read the words because the background color does not sufficiently contrast with the color of the words. For example, the word "ants" is written in white on a yellow background, and some words are written in black on a deep blue background. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal

K-Gr 1
Painted paper cuts in jewel colors graphically portray the principal foods eaten by 14 different animals. Beginning with "worm-apple," the book proceeds to show the culinary delights favored by both ordinary fauna, such as frogs, birds, and squirrels, as well as that of the more exotic anteater and panda. Two unusual foods-"nectar" for bees and "squid" for whales-are introduced amid the other more obvious choices. The final page offers a picture of ice cream, asking who eats it, thereby allowing young listeners to see their own ties to the animal kingdom. Using bold, simple, brightly colored shapes like those found in the works of Lois Ehlert, but placing them on backgrounds of equally bold contrasting colors, the animals and their dinners are easily identified and, thus, will have instant kid appeal. As with One Some Many (2004) and Over Under (2005, both Tundra), the author and illustrator provide an excellent introduction for those just starting to learn about relationships, in this case those that are part of the food chain. The bright colors and clever designs will especially attract toddlers and preschoolers, inviting them to portray their own ideas of other animals and their favorite "eats" with simple cutout shapes. A good choice from both an artistic and scientific point of view.
—Nancy Menaldi-ScanlanCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
The creators of One Some Many (2004) are back, this time with a concept book about what different animals eat. On the left, in black, is the name of the animal; at the bottom right, in white, the food it eats. "Worm / apple / anteater / ants / bees / nectar / bears / fish." From children's favorites of dog, squirrel and monkey, Jocelyn branches out to include a few African animals and some species that are not as much in the spotlight-pandas and whales. Slaughter's crisply outlined cut-paper animals stand out against backgrounds of vivid hues. The simple shapes and spare details will help focus young children's attention on the unique identifying features of each animal and its favorite food, while the large illustrations are perfect for sharing with groups. A good choice for storytime sharing. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887769887
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
02/09/2010
Pages:
16
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Marthe Jocelyn is an award-winning author and illustrator who worked for many years as a toy designer before turning her hand to writing. Her picture book, Hannah’s Collections, was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration. She has created eight picture books, written six novels, one work of nonfiction for older readers, and edited two short story collections.

Tom Slaughter was born in New York City in 1955. He is an artist whose work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, Japan and Canada. His prints are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His most recent children’s book is ABC x 3: English, Español, Français. His first three books are available in Danish, French, Japanese, and Spanish language editions.

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