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Better Together

Better Together

by Sheryl Shapiro, Simon Shapiro (With), Dusan Petricic (Illustrator)

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You stir and squoosh them, squish and moosh them. Mingle, blend and mix!


You stir and squoosh them, squish and moosh them. Mingle, blend and mix!

Editorial Reviews

edwardsmagazinebookclub.com - Bev Gerg
This book is an excellent vehicle for teaching children cause and effect...it inspires my daughter to ask questions.
Canadian Children's Book News - Ken Kilback
The beat is strong throughout, the rhythm natural and bouncy, the writing humorous and engaging,. Petricic's pen-and-ink illustrations are wonderful, filled with wit and whimsy.
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—The title and blue and yellow paint blending into green on the cover hints at the theme of this lighthearted collection. Twelve of the 13 poems explore mixtures. Examples consistent with the scientific definition include water and flour, cinnamon and sugar, soap and water, dirt and water, chocolate and milk, and yellow and blue paint. Poems about vinegar and oil, fudge, music, and a sports team stretch the definition a bit. The final poem, "Goodnight," the poets admit, is added just for fun. A simple rhyming scheme and two stanzas per selection plus word choices that kids will appreciate make the poems accessible. The black-line cartoon drawings with color washes match the humorous writing perfectly. Series of vignettes illustrate each poem like the steps in a science experiment, often arching across the spreads. This title should find a place in large collections.—Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI
This book is an excellent vehicle for teaching children cause and effect...it inspires my daughter to ask questions.

— Bev Gerg

Kirkus Reviews

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)

Product Details

Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
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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