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Thursday, July 23, 2015

LOOK, by Edouard Manceau. Owlkids, 2014. $19.95 ages 2 and up

"One day,
a curious little kid
picked up this book.

He looked through
the hole and saw
all sorts of things!

Why don't you take
a look through the hole, too?"

Oh, my! Sicily and I have been enjoying this terrific new book! It's interactive, it's filled with important concepts, and it's clever to boot.

Open it and you see a rectangle-shaped die cut right in the middle of the double page spread. You can look at the world through it ... and curious kids are sure to do that. The two of us play 'peek' from one side to the other. Keep turning the pages and you are invited to note many things. One page has colored circles ... red, orange, blue, green. We are encouraged to see if we can see anything that is any of those colors! Off we go ...

There are high and low circles, a circle that is still and one that moves, triangles that are big, small, and then medium. There is Velcro involved, and a shiny page that mirrors the face of the reader. Textured and smooth, the pages offer an opportunity to look closely at a child's world through their own eyes, and those of the reader. The talk will be constant, the responses endless and the invitation to look closely at the outside most enjoyable and engaging (while also educational). It's a win-win for everyone involved in sharing it.

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