What Am I? Where Am I?

What Am I? Where Am I?

by Ted Lewin
     
 

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What am I? I am a lion.
Where am I? I am in grassland.

Majestic paintings by Caldecott Honor winner Ted Lewin illustrate a guessing game that fosters an appreciation of both art and science, while introducing animals in the five major biomes: grassland, dessert, forest, tundra, and water.

Inspired by his many travels, classically inspired

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What am I? I am a lion.
Where am I? I am in grassland.

Majestic paintings by Caldecott Honor winner Ted Lewin illustrate a guessing game that fosters an appreciation of both art and science, while introducing animals in the five major biomes: grassland, dessert, forest, tundra, and water.

Inspired by his many travels, classically inspired compositions communicate the regal magnificence of five stunning animals: lion, camel, tiger, reindeer, and sea otter. The story ends with a painting of a child and text that reads: I am a boy. I am on the beautiful earth.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"What am I?" and "Where am I?" are the questions repeated on alternating double pages. Under the first question is a circle containing a portion of an animal's body for the reader to guess the answer. A full picture of the animal is on the following double page for identification along with the second question. The answer to that on the following page shows the animal in its habitat. The creatures included are a lion, a reindeer, a camel, a sea otter, and a tiger. The last page asks, "What am I?" with the pictured answer, a boy "on the beautiful earth." The very simple text makes this an attractive "I Like to Read" book for a beginning reader. Lewin's pencil, watercolor, and liquid mask illustrations are lively and naturalistic in both poses and environments. Youngsters should enjoy guessing the animal from just the part shown, then learning about its habitat. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K—This easy reader introduces five animals and their habitats. A lion, reindeer, camel, sea lion, and tiger are presented through peekaboolike circles under the heading, "What am I?" A page turn reveals the full creature: "I am a lion. Where am I?" Turn the page again and two lionesses are shown sitting in a grassland. The simple questions repeat for each creature. The illustrations are rendered in watercolor and pencil, but at times too much white space makes the images stark. On the last page, readers see a boy in front of a picture of the planet Earth: "What am I? I am a boy on the beautiful earth," which is potentially confusing. An additional purchase.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
A straightforward guessing game connects iconic animals to their habitats. In 21 words arranged in simple sentences, Lewin offers emergent readers a pleasing package of wildlife puzzles. Keyhole images open up to double-page spreads of an animal against a white background, which is then followed by a full-page picture of that animal in its natural habitat. Lions rest in the grassland. Reindeer roam the tundra. Two wild Bactrian camels with patchy pelts stand patiently in the desert. A sea otter floats in water on its back, holding a clam. A tiger sprawls on a forest floor. All are depicted in luminous watercolors, lightly outlined with pencil. The animals are rendered in myriad shades of gray and brown; the blues of the ocean and greens of the forest are similarly varied. A culminating page connects these creatures to readers, showing "a boy…on the beautiful earth." Behind the smiling boy, a blue marble image of the Earth is oriented so that both North and South America can be seen. The patterned repetition of the title questions and the identifiable images will make even pre-readers feel competent; they'll need only just a little help with the habitat names to master the text. This latest entry in the I Like to Read series can be paired with Lewin's Look! (2012) as natural history for the very young. (Early reader. 2-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823428564
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2013
Pages:
22
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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