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Loving this new-ish look and find.  It’s got a curious color palette with modern sensibilities.  Kids examine groups of items, searching for the “odd one out” and in so doing, work on early inferential and reasoning skills.  Also to be appreciated are the book’s clever subtleties — its grouping of items of very similar shapes and silhouettes (look closely or you might miss the umbrella hiding out with similarly shaped frozen treats) and tongue-in-cheek visual humor (the egg amongst the birds).  Something for everyone—young children and their design-centric parents—in Undercover: One of These Things Is Almost Like the Others by Bastien Contraire.

Published by Phaidon.


frog goes to dinner

Frog Goes To Dinner: probably one of the funniest stories in Mercer Mayer’s A Boy, a Dog and a Frog wordless series.  Award for best glower of all time goes to the waiter, who in all fairness has a right to be deeply annoyed by the frog’s antics.


the importance of retelling stories

This collection of picture books has one thing in common: they are great books to start out with when you are teaching your little ones how to retell a narrative (aka storyline or plot).  As an SLP, one of my favorite tools for teaching how to retell narratives is Story Grammar Marker.  

It's important for kids to be able to retell stories because if they are able to do so, it shows that they are comprehending and remembering them.  In their school years, children take in new information and learn about the world through stories (and later, expository texts like science books).  The ability to retell or summarize is crucial and is something that children will use throughout their lives.  It's a skill that they will continue to build upon as they encounter more complex texts.  Practicing retelling stories also supports writing skills—when children internalize the structure of stories, it helps them organize events in a logical sequence when they take on writing tasks.  Also, while retelling stories, other areas are worked on such as vocabulary acquisition, past tense verbs and so much more.  It’s a worthwhile task to easily blend in with story time.


carry home dollhouse

A dollhouse like no other on my post for Honest to Nod today.



I'm over on This Picture Book Life today with a craft to go with Danielle's review of Feathers: Not Just For Flying. Be sure to check it out!