What Do You See When You Shut Your Eyes?

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What do you see when you shut your eyes?
A bull with horns? A pig that flies?
Dido saw a skinny hen, Henry saw a snail,
Peter saw a green rabbit, Lulu saw a nightingale-
What do you see when you shut your eyes?


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Overview

What do you see when you shut your eyes?
A bull with horns? A pig that flies?
Dido saw a skinny hen, Henry saw a snail,
Peter saw a green rabbit, Lulu saw a nightingale-
What do you see when you shut your eyes?


Each of us responds to the world in unique ways. Cynthia Zarin has written a magical poem that will have children exploring their senses-and comparing notes-while Sarah Durham's illustrations will jump-start the imagination! This lively book, with its bright childlike illustrations and rhyming text, is the perfect read-aloud; it will have little ones looking, listening, and interacting with their world in new ways.

Dido, Peter, Lulu, and others exercise their senses, seeing a walking stick, hearing the ice cream man, yelling, "Daddy!" and dreaming in their sleep.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This fresh, innovative little book issues a series of invitations to readers' imaginations and to the senses. The book's many children answer each question differently: in response to that of the title, "Dido saw a skinny hen, Henry saw a snail,/ Peter saw a green rabbit, Lulu saw a nightingale." Listening hard produces even more eclectic results: "Nora heard a peacock screech,/ Peach heard the snow,/ Maximilian heard a ruckus,/ Quint heard his hair grow." The text is poetic not simply due to the rhymes, but because it expresses a poet's sensibility: an ability to observe, a sense of the absurd, an affection for the everyday, an eye for juxtaposition. Durham's ingenuous style resembles her work in Rose and Sebastian, also by Zarin. Numerous cartoon figures, sporting funky geometric patterns, frolic against a bright background; sometimes the scene is framed by a blobby amoeba-like shape; and often Durham demonstrates relationships hinted at in the text (e.g., for "What do you find when you really look?... Izzy found her temper, Tess found her sweater," the picture shows Izzy in an ill-fitting v-neck fuming because Tess has come to reclaim it). The book's exploration of perspective celebrates the powers of its readers as much as it showcases the considerable talents of its creators. Ages 3-7. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K-A small picture book with a spare rhyming text. Children from various ethnic groups are depicted imagining and describing what they hear, see, or sing in response to questions such as "What do you hear when you listen hard?" thus inviting participation. The youngsters imagine both silly things ("a pig that flies" and "a green rabbit") as well as realistic objects (a car, a sweater). The final query "What do you see when you go to sleep?" stimulates thoughts about dreaming. Simple gouache-and-ink illustrations on bright backgrounds of blues, pinks, and greens illustrate the concepts. A pleasant addition to a lesson on imagination or the senses, and a satisfying bedtime story.-Olga R. Barnes, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, NC
Kirkus Reviews
The imagination runs wild in this second adorable book from Zarin and Durham (Rose and Sebastian, 1997), who celebrate creative minds and individuality. Readers learn about point of view when different characters answer the question posed in the title: "Dido saw a skinny hen, Henry saw a snail,/Peter saw a green rabbit, Lulu saw a nightingale." Other questions follow, such as "What do you hear when you listen hard?" and "What do you yell when you yell really loud?" The unique answers encourage readers to make up their own responses. Durham's appealing, childlike illustrations, bold colors, friendly characters, and clever use of the page add just the right touch to a delightful verse that is not only fun to read aloud to groups of children, but a fitting bedtime story, as well. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395765074
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 6.91 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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