Fun and Informational

Summary:

Sing along as each of 10 animal mothers call to their children and instruct them to "do" something. The baby polar bears roll; wolves howl; and whales click. The rhyme matches the song "Over in the Meadow" and the music is provided at the back of the book.


Parent Perspective:
This is a great book when you want to read and your child wants to move around. Young readers are definitely going to want to "follow the leader" and do what the book describes. The author does an exceptional job of blending counting (1 to 10), baby animal names, and habitat into a fun rhyme. The information in the back is excellent. Tips from the illustrator are handy if you are reading with an older child and/or focusing on the artwork. Highly recommended for toddlers and preschool-aged children.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Lots of action words will have preschoolers wanting to imitate the baby animals described in this rhyming poem. Readers learn more about the specific habitat of these creatures and how to count to ten, too.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
A classic children's song is the basis for this informational book about arctic animal behaviors and counting.
Educational Themes:

For very young readers, this is a chance to practice counting. Each page has a different number of baby animals (going up to 10). The number is written in a different color, and the numeric symbol is at the bottom of the page. Although preschoolers won't have the patience to listen, older children can learn more about each of the animals in the more detailed descriptions at the back. Readers interested in art will find the illustrator's description of her process fascinating.

Reading Level:
3.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy if your child loves baby animals and music.
book cover

Title Over in the Arctic: Where the Cold Winds Blow
Author Marianne Berkes
Publisher Dawn Publications © 2008
Illustrators Jill Dubin
ISBN 9781584691099
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Concepts - Math, Nature, Animal (Nonfiction), Rhyme
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