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Whaley Whale
     

Whaley Whale

by Chris Raschka
 

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Theme: Hide-and-Seek. It’s hard to be discreet when you’re a whale (. . . or a preschooler). With relatable obviousness, Whaley Whale engages in a lighthearted game of hide-and-seek with the reader. Is she on the table? . . . Is she behind the door? This methodical progression builds an anticipation that delights young readers, while

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Theme: Hide-and-Seek. It’s hard to be discreet when you’re a whale (. . . or a preschooler). With relatable obviousness, Whaley Whale engages in a lighthearted game of hide-and-seek with the reader. Is she on the table? . . . Is she behind the door? This methodical progression builds an anticipation that delights young readers, while the unmistakable foreshadowing keeps parents giggling along.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Simple strokes and splashes of color create great images, but the logic of this tale is not evident. It is the most implausible book in the series. It makes little sense for Whaley Whale to be hiding, especially since she is in a house and not in the water. The very simple text (17 different words) is designed to teach children to read by using simple sounds along with easy word repetitions. Part of the "Thingy Things" series. 2000, Hyperion, Ages 18 mo. to 3, $3.99. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Moosey Moose (he actually looks more like a bull) is having a tantrum because he wants his long pants. Sluggy Slug just won't go, and Whaley Whale hides under an upholstered chair. Wormy Worm "wiggles and woggles" to such a degree that it's difficult to see "Which end is front" and "Which end is back." Using muted shades of earth-tone colors, Raschka fills in his thick black-line drawings with broad brush strokes. On the back covers the publisher states, "The THINGY THINGS series teaches young children to read using simple sounds paired with easy word repetitions." Unfortunately, the illustrations don't always support the text. For example, one spread features a picture of stubborn Moosey Moose opposite the words: "His long pants." Readers will need some decoding skills or an excellent sight vocabulary to be able to read them. While the format is just right for little hands and the sometimes whimsical illustrations are not completely without child appeal, these titles lack the staying power of Raschka's earlier work.-Alicia Eames, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419710582
Publisher:
Abrams Appleseed
Publication date:
04/08/2014
Series:
Thingy Things Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
1,236,918
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
2 - 4 Years

Meet the Author

Chris Raschka has published over 60 children’s books, including the 2012 Caldecott Medal winner A Ball for Daisy. His other books include the 2006 Caldecott Medal winner The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster; the Caldecott Honor book Yo! Yes?, and the ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book Good Sports. He lives in New York City Cit!

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