Percy Plays It Safe

Percy Plays It Safe

by Stuart J. Murphy
     
 

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Percy lover to go to the playground. He plays on the swing, the slide, and the monkey bars—and in the big sandbox. But what happens when Percy dosen't play it safe?

Visual Learning describes how we gather and process information from illustrations, diagrams, graphs, symbols, photography, icons, and other visual models. Long before children can

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Percy lover to go to the playground. He plays on the swing, the slide, and the monkey bars—and in the big sandbox. But what happens when Percy dosen't play it safe?

Visual Learning describes how we gather and process information from illustrations, diagrams, graphs, symbols, photography, icons, and other visual models. Long before children can read— or even speak many words they are able to assimilate visual information with ease. By the time they reach pre—kindergarten age (3&mdash5), they are accomplished visual learners.

I SEE I LEARN™ books build on this natural talent, using inset pictures, diagramable anf highlighted words to help reinforce lessons conveyed through simple stories. The series covers social, emotional, health and safety, and cognitive skills.

Percy plays It Safe focuses on playground safety. Knowing how to follow playground rules, using common sense, and respecting one another are important to keep children from hurting themselves or others.

Safe play is fun play

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dawna Lisa Buchanan
Percy likes to pretend he is a monster at the playground. Despite warnings from his father "Play safe...or we'll have to go home" and playmates "Stop! shouted Camille," he continues to accelerate his rambunctious behavior, and finally hurts his knee when he jumps off the swing. The language is simple, although rather preachy. "We told you to play safe, said Camille." "I knew you'd get hurt, said Ajay." "I'll get your daddy, said Freda." Percy comes back the next day ready to "play safe." All the children join him in a group "monster" roar to celebrate his new attitude. While this is not great literature, it might be useful in pre-school classroom curriculum, and comes with some questions for parents or teachers to review with students. The book, although clearly didactic, might well serve as a resource when socializing young children to acceptable group behavior. The pictures feature various animals in clothing, complete with ribbons and tennis shoes in a cartoon style with simple backgrounds and limited text on each page. Reviewer: Dawna Lisa Buchanan
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Short, simple sentences with minimal detail instruct readers in social, emotional, and cognitive skills as well as health and safety. In the first book, Emma has moved to a new house and wants to make friends. She finds that "smile," "ask," "help," and "share" bring about the desired result. Each concept is reinforced using inset pictures and highlighted words. Freda focuses on the cognitive skill of sequencing, with insets reinforcing the order of events from packing for the picnic to cleaning up. Ajay! deals with the emotional skills for building confidence. The child wants to throw a ball like his older sister, but he can't. Friends remind him of other things that were difficult at first but that resulted in success. In the last title, Percy loves to play monster and takes many dangerous chances, ignores the other children's pleas to play safe, and eventually gets hurt. The illustrations emphasize both good and bad playground habits. In each book, the colorful and playful cartoon illustrations capture young readers' attention. A page of questions encourages readers to think about the stories and a page emphasizing the steps involved in each skill. End pages include notes for parents. While these titles may support the curriculum and offer opportunities for discussion, they are unlikely to inspire children's interest.—Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580894524
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Series:
Stuart J. Murphy's I See I Learn Series
Edition description:
New
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.51(w) x 7.05(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
AD360L (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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