Overview

A child's-eye view of keeping it all together.

Acclaimed children's writer Hazel Hutchins explores the concept of what-goes-with-what in her new picture book for pre-schoolers, whether it's buttons that keep your shirt together, or shoelaces that keep your feet in your shoes. Playful text coupled with lively illustrations will keep children engaged and encourage them to build their vocabulary.

As young children struggle, literally, with keeping...

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Overview

A child's-eye view of keeping it all together.

Acclaimed children's writer Hazel Hutchins explores the concept of what-goes-with-what in her new picture book for pre-schoolers, whether it's buttons that keep your shirt together, or shoelaces that keep your feet in your shoes. Playful text coupled with lively illustrations will keep children engaged and encourage them to build their vocabulary.

As young children struggle, literally, with keeping it all together, here's the book to help them from coming undone, blowing away or falling apart. From getting dressed at the start of the day to leaving school at the end, there is plenty of opportunity throughout the story to make connections.

With Together, Hazel Hutchins has created another rhythmic and imaginative tale, richly realized by Alice Priestly's vibrant illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS—Merry autumn art chronicles the households of seven classmates getting ready for school, each child pointing out an item essential to fastening. A boy needs a snap to close his pants, another uses a clip to shut a backpack, and a girl uses an elastic to confine braids. At journey's end, the children arrive at school and show what keeps a family together even when they're apart—a hug. Each spread presents a query and reply for a particular fastener, e.g., "What keeps my coat close and snug all over? A zipper." Hutchins keeps the text simple, and Priestley's art maintains bouncy and affectionate vistas that will keep the intended audience engaged.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
From buttons to zippers to hugs, young children will learn the meaning of "together" in everyday life. Each color-filled spread features a different family, each of varying ethnicities, learning basic but important lessons with their young ones. As they go through their morning routines, children will learn that shoelaces are "what [keep] my feet from dancing out of my shoes" and elastics are "what [keep] my hair crissy-cross in its braid." Although the color-pencil illustrations by Priestley come across as elementary at first glance, her graphics add warmth and a welcome simplicity. As each parent drops a child off at school, the different nationalities come together comfortably. Together the children learn and play, until the time comes when each family is reunited again. Undoubtedly, there are many valuable lessons to be learned from this story, but perhaps the most important is the idea that a hug is what keeps a family together when they're apart-"one when we leave . . . and one when we're all back together again." (Picture book. 2-5)
Canadian Materials - Mary Thomas
Doing things up--and undoing them again!--has an endless fascination for the very young. Therefore, a book full of clothes being held together in various ways as different children make their way to school should be a real winner, and it is... The text is full of action words for the vigorous actions shown beside them. Shoelaces don't just tie up your shoes; instead, they keep your feet from dancing out of them. Vivid and colourful, the pictures complement the text and will give great pleasure to reader and listener alike... Highly Recommended.
edwardsmagazinebookclub.com - Stephanie Price Evans
Together is a fabulous children's book about objects that keep things together.... I loved this book and so did my children.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453256732
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Hazel Hutchins is the award-winning author of dozens of books for children. She lives in Canmore, Alberta.

Alice Priestley is an accomplished illustrator of more than a dozen books for children. Her artwork for Out on the Ice in the Middle of the Bay was short-listed for a number of awards, including the Mr. Christie's Book Award.

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