You Can't Taste a Pickle with Your Ear: A Book about Your 5 Senses

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Seeing, smelling, hearing, touching, tasting is there a child who doesn't wonder how the five senses work?
Kids curiosity about their bodies is limitless. Using a combination of clear information and gentle humor, Harriet Ziefert introduces children to their five senses.
Written in playful verse, yet scientifically accurate (the text has been fact-checked by a science educator), and illustrated with fresh art and simple diagrams, young ...
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Overview

Seeing, smelling, hearing, touching, tasting is there a child who doesn't wonder how the five senses work?
Kids curiosity about their bodies is limitless. Using a combination of clear information and gentle humor, Harriet Ziefert introduces children to their five senses.
Written in playful verse, yet scientifically accurate (the text has been fact-checked by a science educator), and illustrated with fresh art and simple diagrams, young readers will come away from this book with most, if not all, of their questions about the five senses answered.

Explores how each of the five senses is hard at work all day long providing information, warning of danger, and helping us enjoy the world around us.

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Publishers Weekly
"Your nose, skin, ears, eyes and tongue are working all of the time," notes Ziefert in this whimsical, if somewhat uneven, primer, "even when you are not paying attention to them." Each sense gets its own brief chapter, kicked off with a few well-worn observations or factoids to help readers understand both how the senses work and how they fit into a grander scheme. A spread or two of mildly playful rhymed musings follow ("Worms are soft,/ beetles are hard./ Can you find some/ in your yard?"). But it's Haley's (It's a Baby's World) free-wheeling watercolor-and-ink cartooning and frisky handwritten typography that add jolts of humor and energy. For a full-bleed violet-hued painting showing a boy going to bed ("Do you see shadows on the floor?"), the artist's slightly off-kilter perspective, plus an unperturbed canine companion on the floor, offer readers comic relief and reassurance alongside the elongated shadows. Adults reading with a child will appreciate the chapter conclusions, which offer a list of questions that may well spark discussion: "Do you ever get angry and pretend you can't hear people?" or "When you shut your eyes, what happens to your eyeballs?" Given how much series like The Magic School Bus have upped the ante in the science category, older children may not find much meat here. Preschoolers, however, may develop a new awareness thanks to this book's gentle promptings and Haley's inviting illustrations. Ages 4-7. (Nov.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-This clear, humorous look at the five senses will engage young children. Each short chapter focuses on one of the senses, opening with a simple explanation that uses everyday experiences. In the first chapter, the sense of smell is described with a suggestion that readers hold their noses, let go, and discover what they smell. Cartoonlike drawings show a pizza, some blue cheese, and a boy holding his nose. Tidbits of interesting factual information follow, such as "Deer have a very good sense of smell. They can sniff the wind to smell if dangerous animals are near." In each chapter, the pace and tone of the book then change as a fictional rhyming text exuberantly brings a sense to life, for example, "Wind and waves,/Shells and sand,/The salt air smells/Oh, so grand." Finally, each chapter ends with a series of simple questions designed to encourage children to think about how they use their senses every day. Nicely done.-Leslie Barban, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Aiming to raise the consciousnesses of newly fledged readers about their sensoria, the prolific Ziefert presents a breezy tally of basic facts about smell, touch, taste, hearing, and sight. She intersperses pages of goofy verse ("When you’re tired and think you’re sweet, / Pull off your socks and smell your feet") and each chapter includes a page of feedback-inducing questions as, "Have you ever touched anything that you’ll never touch again?" To go with the text’s informal, hand-printed look, Haley scatters a multicultural, multi-age cast of smiling, freely drawn cartoon children across the pages. The author touches on interrelationships between, for instance, smell and taste, and makes it clear that the brain is a sort of silent partner in perception, but she stays at skin level. Point out the "Let’s Read and Find Out" series to children who want to probe a bit deeper. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929766680
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books
  • Publication date: 9/5/2002
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Harriet Ziefert is a well-known author who has written over one hundred books for children. When she is not writing, she commutes between her homes in Lincoln, Massachusetts and Maplewood, New Jersey.

Amanda Haley holds a B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently resides in Ohio with her husband and golden retriever, Sally.

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