Sock Is a Pocket for Your Toes: A Pocket Book


A cave is a pocket for a bear,
a breath is a pocket full of air.
A hat is a pocket for your hair,
and a seat is a pocket called a chair...

A Sock Is a Pocket for Your Toes: A Pocket Book is a whimsical pocket full of bells and balloons, ice cream and mud, giggles and hugs. Elizabeth Garton Scanlon's delightful verse is captured in Robin ...

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A cave is a pocket for a bear,
a breath is a pocket full of air.
A hat is a pocket for your hair,
and a seat is a pocket called a chair...

A Sock Is a Pocket for Your Toes: A Pocket Book is a whimsical pocket full of bells and balloons, ice cream and mud, giggles and hugs. Elizabeth Garton Scanlon's delightful verse is captured in Robin Preiss Glasser's energetic artwork, which follows four families through a busy day exploring the surprising ins and outs of the world's pockets.

This special book will leave readers young and old with pockets full of joy!

The whimsical verse of this spirited read-aloud defines all sorts of pockets, from beds and bells to hats and hugs.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Lovely! Charming, inviting, enticing, heartwarming and simply wonderful, this picture book takes a peek into the day of four unique families that look different, live in different places, do different things, but share one very unmistakable thing, love! Children will learn that just as the aforementioned differences exist, there are differences in the definitions of a "pocket." As the title states, "a sock is a pocket for your toes" but also "a lake is a pocket for a duck." Pockets for inanimate objects include "a phone is a pocket for a ring" and "a pocket for a giggle is a joke"! A two-page spread near the end of the book wraps up the busy day of the four families by providing a beautiful panoramic view of their physical world. The story concludes with the youngsters snuggled in their beds. Young readers could compose hundreds of stories of their own just by looking at the glorious illustrations. This is the author's first picture book; she is also a poet and a teacher. Highly recommended. 2004, HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 3 to 7.
—Cindy L. Carolan
Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In lively, rollicking rhyme, this book explores and stretches the concept of pockets as it follows four diverse families throughout a day as they interact with one another. In various settings (the zoo, a rural home, a city apartment), pockets become a lyrical metaphor to contain sounds, actions, objects, and behaviors. For example, "piggies love a pocket full of mud," "A phone is a pocket for a ring," "a bowl is a pocket full of soup," and "A pocket for a family is a home." Glasser's fresh, bright watercolor-and-pen illustrations are perfectly married to the text and tie the whole concept into a cohesive whole by extending the meaning of the words and enhancing the action. Surrounded by white space, the artist's drawings present inviting snapshots of a busy day. Astute readers will enjoy watching how the adults and youngsters intersect and interact with one another. A spur to imaginative thinking, this offering will encourage parents and children to examine their surrounding and create their own pockets that echo the themes of the poem.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In bubbly verse and playful imagery reminiscent of Mary Ann Hoberman's classic A House Is a House For Me (1978), Scanlon expands the idea of a "pocket" to include bowls, balloons, and bathtubs, hats, horseshoes, homes, and more: "A phone is a pocket / for a ring, / a bell is a pocket / for a ding. / A pocket for a duckling is a shell, / and a pocket for a farmer is a dell- / hi ho." Glasser sends a diverse quartet of families with young children through a day of shared and individual encounters with all of these pockets, depicting figures and settings in various combinations with typically fine, sketchy, exuberant pen work. Tucked in with the closing thought that hearts are pockets full of love, the children at last snuggle into their beds-leaving young readers and listeners seeing their own worlds in a new way, and primed for Ruth Krauss's antediluvian, but still mind-expanding A Hole Is to Dig (1952). (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060295264
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/2/2004
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 474,792
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Garton Scanlon is a poet, writer, and teacher. A Sock Is a Pocket for Your Toes: A Pocket Book is her first picture book. Ms. Scanlon lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two daughters.

Robin Preiss Glasser has illustrated such bestsellers as Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest! by Judith Viorst, Daddy's Girl by Garrison Keillor, and the Fancy Nancy picture books. She lives in Southern California with her family, puppy, and tiara collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2004

    Wonderful book for all 4 of my kids!

    I purchased this book, intending it to be for my 4 year old twins. Indeed, they adore it and ask me to read it to them all the time, but to my surprise my older two children love it too. My 6 and 8 year olds enjoy reading it to the twins, and have found many little things that I had missed the first few times through. The observations, comments and ideas it has sparked in the older two have been so much fun for us all. I certainly hope the author comes out with another book soon. :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2004

    sweet dreams

    I read to my children before they go to sleep so I'm always looking for a gentle book that I can read over and over again that will make them feel cozy warm and loved. This book achieves all these things. The rhyme is so charming with a rhythm that is like a song, and the ending, 'my heart is a pocket full of love' says it all. My son asks me to read it at least 3 times before bed, and I enjoy it each time. I found this book because I always like the books illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, and this one is now my new favorite.

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