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Parts
     

Parts

by Shelley Rotner
 

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Come play an amazing guessing game that will show you how to see the world in a whole new way. Every person, animal, and thing around you is made up of many small parts. When you look at each piece separately, fascinating details come into sharp focus. Colors, shapes, and sizes will help you discover an object's true identity. Put the PARTS together like a puzzle

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Come play an amazing guessing game that will show you how to see the world in a whole new way. Every person, animal, and thing around you is made up of many small parts. When you look at each piece separately, fascinating details come into sharp focus. Colors, shapes, and sizes will help you discover an object's true identity. Put the PARTS together like a puzzle and you can see the WHOLE object in a completely new light.

This playful photo-essay takes you on an eye-dazzling journey of discovery.

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Children's Literature
A visually stimulating book with whimsical rhymes, Parts will hold the attention of just about any reader. Leading the reader on a guessing game, each page is laden with brightly colored photographs of the many parts of several different objects, from a watermelon to a bicycle, and even to a child. It is interesting to view each object as a series of parts, then piece it back together through the photos as well as the accompanying rhymes. Like a visual puzzle, this picture book uses color and placement to draw the eyes around the pages. Shelley Rotner is a great visual storyteller, almost to the point that you can taste the fruit, smell the flowers and see the flashing school bus lights. A great book to read with your child. 2001, Walker & Company, $17.85 and $16.95. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Emily Cook
School Library Journal
PreS-K-A guess-the-whole-from-the-parts concept book. Using bright photographs and simple rhymes as clues, the parts of a familiar item are shown on one spread with a photo of the object in its entirety revealed when the page is turned. Sharp, colorful close-up pictures fill the pages, while a snappy text offers hints about the answer. For example, tightly cropped shots of wheels, seats, lights, and doors followed by "Red lights flash/when it stops for us/Climb on board the big/ SCHOOL BUS." There are also shots of paws, tongue, nose, and tail that evolve into "His fur is soft,/his nose is wet/A loyal/DOG/is one great pet." This will have appeal for the nursery-school set; it is not as sophisticated or clever as Tana Hoban's Look Book (Greenwillow, 1997), which uses peek holes to develop a similar idea. For libraries with a demand for concept books, this one adequately fills the bill.-Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Stunning full-color photographs and seven playful, brief poems about everyday objects will delight young viewers and care-givers who are invited to guess the objects described in word clues with several accompanying close-up photographs. For example, "Smooth and round / with a striped green skin / Red fruit, / black seeds hidden within / Garden ripe and / ready to eat / Taste the / WATERMELON, / juicy and sweet." The co-author/photographer of The Body Book (2000), Rotner here targets the familiar and important everyday icons of a young child's world with carefully chosen, intimate shots that invite repeated examination. Here is the tongue of a dog, a black wet nose, a half-curled tail, spotted fur, and then the double-page portrait of the whole dog with the punch line "A loyal DOG is one great pet." Other poems feature a tulip, school bus, bike, a child, and home. Endpapers and the back cover suggest new poems the viewer might write: showing parts of a cantaloupe, flowering tree, or fire truck. A terrific way of getting children to think about the whole by seeing the parts. Great for reading aloud, too. (Poetry. 3-8)
From the Publisher

“Stunning full-color photographs and seven playful, brief poems about everyday objects will delight young viewers and care-givers who are invited to guess the objects described in word clues with several accompanying close-up photographs...A terrific way of getting children to think about the whole by seeing the parts. Great for reading aloud, too” —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802787545
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author


Shelley Rotner is a highly respected author of concept books for young children. She has written and photographed numerous books, including Changes, which was a "Reading Rainbow" review book. This is her first book for Walker & Company. Shelley lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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