Book Review - From Head to Toe
Another great book written by Eric Carle. I especially like this one as it encourages participation in doing the actions that the beautifully collaged animals can do:
"I am a giraffe and I bend my neck.
Can you do it?
I can do it?"
There are many animals in the book - Penguin, Buffalo, Monkey, Seal, Gorilla, Cat, Crocodile, Camel, Donkey, Elephant and Parrot. All the 3 year olds joined in when I read it at group time. I was interested to see that by the time we came to crocodile they were pre empting the action and most presumed the one trick crocodile would go Snap, Snap but to my pleasure he wriggled his hips instead.
The simple verse and large, vivid, cut out pictures got all the children bending and stretching right along with the animals.
Even though I only read it 4 weeks ago I am going to read it again tomorrow as it is so great for getting everyone moving.
I will probably then test their memory: "What did the Camel do?" etc
I will place some plastic animals in the garden hiding under that nice piece of carved bark we found to see how the play develops.
For older children you could have a memory game where you hold up an animal picture and/or word and see if they can recall the action that the animal did in the book.
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