Whoosh!: A Watery World of Wonderful Creatures

Whoosh!: A Watery World of Wonderful Creatures

by Marilyn Baillie, Susan Mitchell
     
 


A wonderful, whimsical exploration of various animals in the water and the ways in which children can, and do, mimic them, Whoosh! gets young readers thinking and moving. Each spread features an animal in a watery scene opposite a child mimicking the animal’s activity in some way. From splashing like a dolphin to fishing like a heron, from snoozingSee more details below

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A wonderful, whimsical exploration of various animals in the water and the ways in which children can, and do, mimic them, Whoosh! gets young readers thinking and moving. Each spread features an animal in a watery scene opposite a child mimicking the animal’s activity in some way. From splashing like a dolphin to fishing like a heron, from snoozing like an alligator to hiding like a clownfish, the echoing images bring to life the real ways that animals behave — and reveal how there’s a little bit of animal in all of us. The book closes with a “Guess What?” section that provides brief and quirky facts about the animals featured throughout. A rebus at the back encourages children to read on their own and discover other ways to get up and move, by scuttling like a crab or waddling like a penguin. With Whoosh! readers will splash through the bright, engaging illustrations into a water-filled world of play and learning.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/03/2014
Children imitate animals that live in or around water in this cheerful introduction to 11 common and less familiar creatures. In one scene, a girl happily relaxes on a green pool float, imitating the stance of a water strider that introduces itself on the opposing page: “I can race across lakes and ponds—my light body and long legs help me walk on water.” Elsewhere, an adult assists another child as she learns to swim, mimicking a river otter and its mother, while a tot bundled in a towel is as cozy as a hermit crab in its shell. Mitchell’s bright paintings offer fun visual parallels between animal and child, and a closing “Did You Know? section provides additional animal facts. Ages 3–7. (Apr.)
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"Mitchell's bright paintings offer fun visual parallels between animal and child."
Publishers Weekly

"Mitchell cleverly connects left-hand pages, which show animals in their natural environments, to right-hand pages, which re-create the scene with children. ... The multicultural cast of rosy-cheeked kids and the large assortment of everyday and fun activities ensure that readers will relate."
Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-12
Filled with onomatopoeia and animals both familiar and new, this book shows children that there are creatures that love water just the way they do. "I'm a river otter pup. My mom pulls me into the chilly water for my first swimming lesson. Patiently, she teaches me to paddle and dive. Look at me float!" Mitchell cleverly connects left-hand pages, which show animals in their natural environments, to right-hand pages, which re-create the scene with children: A water strider is pictured opposite a girl lounging on a pool float; an elephant mother spraying her baby corresponds with a mom rinsing her child in the tub; and while an emperor penguin slides frontward off the ice into the sea, a child slides into a pool on his belly. Echoes of colors and patterns from the natural world appear in our world too—a hermit crab's striped shell matches a child's towel; the sprinkler looks like the orca's spout. Other animals include dolphins, a great blue heron, alligators, a clownfish and a tasseled wobbegong shark. The multicultural cast of rosy-cheeked kids and the large assortment of everyday and fun activities ensure that readers will relate. Baillie brings the message home by asking kids to think of ways they use water. Backmatter includes more facts about each of the animals. Water babies are sure to wade into this one. (Informational picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781926973982
Publisher:
Owlkids Books
Publication date:
04/15/2014
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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