Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Same Same, written by Marthe Jocelyn and illustrated by Tom Slaughter. Tundra, 2009. $17.99 ages 3 aqnd up
On the opening page we see bold backgrounds, strong colors and an apple and a globe. These two round things are facing a tambourine. As the first turn results in new images, one remains the same...the tambourine. Thus, a tambourine and a guitar move to join a bird as things musical. The bird becomes part of the group of things that fly...and so on.
What a true delight this early concept book about objects and the ways we put them in groups...sometimes by shape, others by size, color, number. This ingenious way of showing young readers how the world works is classic Marthe Jocelyn. Her concept books are perennial favorites for the young and their parents. The bold, primary colors and geometric art add a dimension to the book that is simple, yet a perfect accompaniment to the limited vocabulary which makes this book just right for emergent readers.
And as we reach the end where red things are introduced, we are right back to the apple that began it all. Listen carefully and you will hear 'please, read it again' or better yet, 'can I read it now?'