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During our Early Years topic of ourselves I used this book to introduce and reinforce the names of body parts to the very young children and great fun was had by all and the children had no idea that they were learning at the same time! As well as body parts, children learn the names of less familiar animals like a buffalo.
- The Story -
There isn't a story line as such unlike some of Carle's other books, this is aimed more at the Knowledge and Understanding are of the curriculum........
Some examples of the text to give you an idea of the content:
'I am a penguin and I turn my head. Can you do it?'
'I can do it!'
'I am a buffalo and I raise my shoulders. Can you do it?'
'I can do it!'
'I am a gorilla and I thump my chest. Can you do it?'
' I can do it!'
The body parts mentioned are: head, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, chest, back, hips, knees, legs, foot & toe.
The book's title is therefore very appropriate, ' From Head to Toe'.
- Illustrations -
The illustrations are typical of Eric Carle's style, for those of you who don't know this style, his illustrations are generally bold, bright and vibrant which holds young children's attention. Some of the drawings have a collage effect.
Each double page has a large drawing of the animal along with a picture of a child joining in with the action.
I have added some pictures to show you the layout of the book.
- Style -
The text is very simple and has a lot of repetition so that children can easily join in with the 'chant'. In this book it is:
'Can you do it?', 'I can do it!'
- Age range -
In my experience this book is great for pre-school and early years children. They love to join in with all of the actions whilst at the same time learning about body parts and animals. A very educational book with a fun side to it!
- Price -
My book, ISBN: 0-14-056378-4 is published by Puffin and cost £5.99 but if you check out Amazon.co.uk they are selling:
Paperbacks from £2.22
Hardcovers from £2.52
Boardbooks from just 6p
Eric Carle has written a vast number of books, here are a few:
The tiny seed
The very busy spider
The very hungry caterpillar
The bad tempered ladybird
Rooster's off to see the world
Today is Monday
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?
I have used all of the above and many more with young children and they have never failed to be a 'hit'!
An interactive introduction to the basic body parts and body movements. Gorillas, elephants, camels and other animals invite all young readers to clap, stomp, wriggle and bend like they do!