Friday, October 12, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Friday

Title: Quick as a Cricket
Author/Illustrator: Audrey Wood/ Don Wood
Publisher/Date: Scholastic/ 1982
Genre/Audience: Fiction/ Baby to age 6
Themes: Animal comparisons; similes; opposites

Opening: “I'm as quick as a cricket, I'm as slow as a snail, I'm as small as an ant, I'm as large as a whale."

Synopsis: From Review – "Parents and teachers choose this big square book for the message of self-confidence. Toddlers love it for the singsong phrases and Don Wood's large, silly, endearing illustrations, which feature a boy mimicking different kinds of animals. At one point, he is pictured sipping tea formally with a fancy poodle ("I'm as tame as a poodle") and on the very next page he is swinging through trees ("I'm as wild as a chimp"). Whether brave or shy, strong or weak, in the end the young boy celebrates all different, apparently contradictory parts of himself. With a confident grin, he lifts his arms up and declares, "Put it all together and you've got ME!"

Why I Love This Book:
This simple book is anything but simplistic.  There is a lot of traction here for language arts lessons on language use with similes, dramatic interpretations as young listeners act out the animal comparisons, and the overall theme of celebrating the diversity of self.

Young readers and writers can create their own animal similes.  Collecting them together would make a nice, illustrated class book.

Hear the story read on youtube:

Find a language arts lesson here:
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  1. Laura, Absolutely love that cover! And, you are reviewing one of my favorite authors. What a simple and beautiful story about getting to know one's strengths and weaknesses. Sounds like a winner. Great choice!!

  2. I like the whimsical nature of this story. Thanks.

  3. Love your selection, Laura. Also love the you tube video reading this favorite story. Usually I don't have time for videos but since being asked to be the story teller at the Cinderella Tea I'm all ears. Thanks for sharing. :)