Over Under

Overview

Marthe Jocelyn and Tom Slaughter explore opposites in this gorgeous introduction to modern art for small readers. Cut paper images introduce children to color, form, and design as they explore tall giraffes and short mice, squares and circles, light day and dark night.

An art book as well as a sound learning tool, Over Under is stunningly simple and simply stunning.

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Overview

Marthe Jocelyn and Tom Slaughter explore opposites in this gorgeous introduction to modern art for small readers. Cut paper images introduce children to color, form, and design as they explore tall giraffes and short mice, squares and circles, light day and dark night.

An art book as well as a sound learning tool, Over Under is stunningly simple and simply stunning.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Three concept books with art by Tom Slaughter seem ideally suited to board book editions: 1 2 3; One Some Many and Over Under, the latter two with text by Marthe Jocelyn. PW wrote of the original books, "This trio of books makes learning the basics fun, while also celebrating modern art." Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Paper cuts painted with bright and starkly contrasting colors help youngsters see the difference between opposites in this vivid concept book. The rhyming text and the use of animals as examples make this a sure-fire win for preschool children everywhere. From the cover with a small, plump bird taking shelter under a tall, lean giraffe, the concept of opposites is immediately clear to the reader. Each page demonstrates through both text and illustration the concept meant to be conveyed. There is one page, however, that is not as clear as the others. The illustration for "inside" has a bird sitting atop a rounded object. How could this be "inside," you wonder? The following page reveals the rounded object to be a turtle who was hiding "inside" and is now "outside" of its shell. Because the concept of "inside" versus "outside" does not become clear until the page is turned, the initial page is confusing. Nevertheless, this slight puzzle can easily be solved with a turn of the page and the resolution may seem that much more satisfying. All in all, this is a beautiful and effective concept book that children will be drawn to visually and aurally. 2005, Tundra Books, Ages 2 to 5.
—Joan Kindig, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
Slaughter explores more concepts with the same supersaturated colors and cut-paper, predominantly animal, forms that make One Some Many (2004) and 1 2 3: A Counting Book (2003) such toddlers' delights. Jocelyn's rhymed text, running to just a word or brief phrase per page, adds both continuity and a sense of verbal rhythm to go with the vibrancy of the art: "over / under / up / and down / inside / outside / country / town / above is sky / below is ground." With just enough extraneous detail to keep it from being pedantic, this will inspire plenty of repeat visits as it enriches younger viewers' verbal and visual vocabularies. (Picture book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887767081
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 389,810
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.33 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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. She has written six novels, including the critically acclaimed works of historical fiction, Mable Riley and Earthly Astonishments. Jocelyn has also written a nonfiction account of the Foundling Hospital in London, England, entitled, A Home for Foundlings. She has created eight picture books, one of which, Hannah’s Collections, was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration. Jocelyn has also edited two collections of short stories. Marthe Jocelyn divides her time between New York and Stratford, Ontario.

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