Wordless and Wonderful

Summary:

Come along as a young boy - sometimes his dog - share all of the different things that they do. Sometimes they play inside, sometimes they go outside. Cut-out "windows" in each page add to the mystery of "what's next" as they move back and forth between the two places. The illustrations take you through a year of events/activities, so young readers can experience all of the seasons, too.


Parent Perspective:
I LOVED exploring this book. The illustrations are simple but still offer plenty to enjoy. Each spread (2 pages) can be its own story, or you can add "let's go outside" to see what's there; or "time to go inside" to see what happenes next. My favorite part: I can start wherever I want in the book and move forward or backweard! I can easily see toddlers and preschoolers trying to immitate the boy's activities - especially wearing a cape, floating boats, and playing with puppets. These are great inspirations for them to "act out" the book. Highly recommended.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The cutout "windows" will have young readers moving forward and backward through this wordless picture book for hours. The young boy's play activities may well inspire them to immitate what he is doing, too.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really. Be aware that while the pages are sturdier than some picture books, they are not toddler-proof.


Type of Book:
This wordless picture book illustrates a boy's activities inside, outside, and through various seasons.
Educational Themes:

With infants and toddlers, explore each page slowly: point to animals/objects (or ask them to point); describe the scenes to talk about the seasons or weather. There are two mice playing on many of the pages, so be sure to ask your child if she/he sees them. Last but not least, let your children make up a story about what they see on a page. They can decide if the story is *just* for that page or if they want to move it forward.

Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
2 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book you and your kids will explore "just because." The illustrations are inviting and will create endless hours of imaginative storytelling.
book cover

Title Inside Outside
Author Lizi Boyd
Publisher Chronicle Books © 2013
Illustrators Lizi Boyd
ISBN 9781452106441
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.99
Genres Interactive, Seasons, Concepts (general)
Cybils
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