A Watery World of Wonderful Creatures

Book - 2014
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Get kids thinking and moving with this picture book about creatures that love water as much as we do. Each spread shows an animal in a watery scene on one side and a child mimicking the animal's activity on the other. 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.
Publisher: Toronto : Owlkids Books Inc., 2014
ISBN: 9781926973982
Branch Call Number: J591.76 B158W 2014
Characteristics: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Mitchell, Susan 1962-


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forbesrachel Jun 14, 2014

Playtime becomes a lesson on wonderful watery creatures, and the ways humans act similar. Learning to swim, bath time, and hiding in the reeds, are some of the activities that can be compared. Each spread features one page with the animal, and one with children doing the same. Facts are greatly simplified, but are made fun with sound effects, and are in a narrative style. Additional information is provided in the back about each creature. Watercolours give the water an appropriate feel, and a fun look overall. Whoosh! may be non-fiction, but it focuses less on the facts, and more on encouraging children to act like these animals, and to see how alike we all are.


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