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Children's LiteratureThis book in the "Yellow Umbrella Books" series serves two purposes simultaneously. First, the simple sentences and low word count of 100 will help the youngest children achieve success as they begin to read. Second, children who read the book for themselves as well as those who have the book read to them will learn about their five senses. The opening page asks how we learn about our world. The answer? We use our five senses. Each of the senses—sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste—is the topic of a two-page spread. Large, glossy photographs provide examples of the things we can experience by these senses. We can see neat green bugs with our eyes, hear the sounds of the ocean with our ears, smell flowers with our noses, feel rough tree bark or soft kitten fir with our hands and faces, and taste delicious fruits with our mouths. The book also points out that it is possible to use more than one sense at a time. Back matter includes an eight-word glossary and an index. This book would make an excellent addition to any preschool or kindergarten classroom or early elementary library. It would also serve a useful purpose in an introductory science lesson. Accelerated Reader quizzes are also available. 2004, Capstone Press, Ages 4 to 7.
—Ramirose Attebury Wendt