For Just One Day

For Just One Day

RR Selection for 3yr olds 2012/2013: After guessing the identity of each animal before turning the page, the reader pretends to be a porcupine, bear, crocodile, and bumblebee, but the sweet ending--and attached mirror--remind little ones that the very best thing they can be is exactly who they are

ISBN: 9780811856102
Author: Laura Leuck
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Binding: Hardcover
Age Group: 3 years

A child's imagination can run wild with this book. After selecting so many books about animals and their behaviors, we were pleased to select a book that allows a child to pretend to be an animal. We also selected the book because the illustrations offer so many wonderful details for you to explore with your child and for your child to explore on his own.

What Do You See? Illustrator Marc Boutavant puts some very clever hidden things in his pictures. After a reading of the book, you might want to go back with your child and look at a pair of pictures--the child before and after he imagines himself as an animal. Many of the things in the before picture show up in the after picture, but are changed by the power of the illustrator's imagination. For example, look at the crocodile page. On the before page, the boy is reading a book. On the after page, the dog is reading. On the before page, there are three pigeons peeking around the light post. On the after page, there are three herons peeking around a tree. See what other changes you and your child can see. You might point out some changes and let your child find the others. Sharing a book together is the best way to spend time with a book, but the best books have stories in them that you do not need to be able to read to understand. Opening up the hidden secrets in the illustrations could make your child look for stories in books outside of your read-aloud time. Every extra moment your child spends with books is time well spent for his growing brain. What Do You Think? This book may inspire you to ask your child lots of questions. We ask our children questions all day, such as, "where are your shoes?" or "did you wash your hands?'' These are important questions that get us through our daily routines. Think about using different questions, though, that inspire your child to think or imagine. For example, in this book, children are imagining what it would be like to be an animal. You can play the same imagination game with your child. Ask your child what it might be like to be an elephant, a giraffe, or the dog down the street. When you ask a child to imagine, you are showing him that you are interested in what he thinks and imagines. When he sees you interested in what he imagines, he will imagine more often, making the learning sections of the brain strong and healthy! So keep imagining new questions for your child (it's good for your brain, too!)

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