You stir and squoosh them, squish and moosh them. Mingle, blend and mix!
A compendium of poems designed to teach the concept of mixing...and, of course, to entertain.
Each of the 13 verses is illustrated with a two-page spread, featuring mostly children doing the mixing. "Glue" shows them combining flour and water to make glue for a classroom art project—"Then mix them, squish them, squoosh them, / 'til you get a sticky goo." In "Bubbles," a girl blocks her brother, who wants to give the dog a bath in the washing machine, advising instead that they "Rub and scrub with soapy water, watch the bubbles fly." "Concrete" shows a workman putting sand, gravel, water and cement into the big mixer, as well as a trio of children putting their prints in the new sidewalk (one gets his shoes stuck): "Concrete starts all soft and slushy, / then gets hard—that's clever." Other topicsinclude a makeshift Martian costume for Halloween, cinnamon toast, a ragtag soccer team, salad dressing, mud, music and bedtime; that is, the routine of checkingunder the bed, a bedtime story, hug and kiss, etc. "Just one more glass of water, / and one more time to pee, / and one more check beneath the bed / for monsters—wait for me." A brief, helpful afterword suggests teaching possibilities provided by the text.
The poetry may be hit and miss, but the concept is terrific andthe illustrations similarly sublime. (Picture book. 3-6)
- Annick Press, Limited
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.10(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 5 Years
Meet the Author
Sheryl and Simon Shapiro have been married for 34 years and live in Toronto, Ontario. They blended their different talents on this project, and the result is truly better together.
Dusan Petricic is the award-winning illustrator of such children's classics as Mattland and Bone Button Borscht. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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