Stretch

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Can you stretch to the ceiling? Can you stretch to the floor? You can stretch with a whisper, you can stretch with a roar! Doreen Cronin and Scott Menchin give new meaning to the yoga pose downward facing dog as publishing’s most energetic pooch explores the many, many ways a kid can get limber. More than simple toe touching, this pup stretches to ride a breeze, grab a snack from a tree, catch a wave. His bubble gum even gets in on the stretching action. POP! And he reminds us not to forget that we also need to ...

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Can you stretch to the ceiling? Can you stretch to the floor? You can stretch with a whisper, you can stretch with a roar! Doreen Cronin and Scott Menchin give new meaning to the yoga pose downward facing dog as publishing’s most energetic pooch explores the many, many ways a kid can get limber. More than simple toe touching, this pup stretches to ride a breeze, grab a snack from a tree, catch a wave. His bubble gum even gets in on the stretching action. POP! And he reminds us not to forget that we also need to stretch our imaginations (recognize that statue, anyone?). This interactive, energetic rhyming text will also help parents stretch out reading time with their youngsters.

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The highly kinetic canine hero of Wiggle and Bounce is back, this time showing off some yoga-style stretches and more: "Can you stretch to the ceiling? Can you stretch to the floor?" he asks, the words themselves stretching to fit over the rump of an elephant who is showing off his best downward-facing dog pose, as is the ebullient host. Later, he and a pudgy dog friend stretch together, standing on two exercise balls and, on another spread, he imagines: "If I were an astronaut, I'd stretch in outer space." The opposite of a bedtime book, it seems more suited to preceding some afternoon play. Ages 3-6. (Aug.)

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Children's Literature - Paula K. Zeller
"Stretch with me, hands in the air!" begins this cheerful exploration of the many ways our bodies can stretch. At the helm is a spotted dog who will do and imagine just about anything to show how much fun a stretch can be: from balancing on a giraffe's nose while reaching for an apple atop a tree, to floating in outer space, to blowing the biggest bubble—which stretches a tad too much. The dog is joined by a menagerie of land, sea, and air creatures, including crabs, birds, a mouse, a leopard, and a whale. Doreen Cronin's short, energetic rhymes are inviting to listen and chant along to. Who can resist these two consecutive double-page spreads: "Can you stretch to the ceiling? Can you stretch to the floor? You can stretch with a whisper, you can stretch with a roar." The rhymes are a pleasure to look at too, as they wind and stretch across the pages, thanks to the book's designers, Ann Bobco and Sonia Chaghatzbanian. Scott Menchin's simple line illustrations—saturated with color and splashed with collage-like images of real objects and textures—add up to plenty of personality for the animals, and a zippy, humorous feel throughout. Look to the endpapers for an extra treat: dozens of dog stretches, diligently posed by the star of this charming book. Reviewer: Paula K. Zeller
School Library Journal
PreS—The energetic dog from Wiggle (2005) and Bounce (2007, both S & S) has returned with a tale to stretch readers' imaginations. Children are invited to extend arms, legs, lungs, and even vocal chords as the dog bounds from page to page. Playful rhyming text is complemented by pen-and-ink illustrations with digital color and photographic elements on clean, uncluttered backgrounds. There is no doubt that the dog is the star, though other animals appear in supporting roles: "Stretch up high for a snack in the trees" shows the pup on a giraffe as it reaches for an apple. As the dog and a friend chisel a large stone sculpture of a dog, the text reads, "If you stretch me and I stretch you…/we'll stretch twice as far…/Who knows what we can do?" The sky is the limit with this engaging read-aloud.—Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416953418
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/11/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 556,647
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.14 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Doreen Cronin

Doreen Cronin is the author of many bestselling and award-winning picture books, including Thump Quack Moo; Duck for President; Dooby, Dooby, Moo; Bounce; and Wiggle. Her first book, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, illustrated by Betsy Lewin, was awarded a Caldecott Honor. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Scott Menchin teaches at Pratt Institute and is the illustrator of Wiggle and Bounce. He has also lent his unique style to such high-profile companies and publications as Dr Pepper, Time, and the New York Times. He lives in New York City. Visit him on the Web at scottmenchin.com.

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