Hand: No shortage of action in these fun books
By Luci Hand Reasons to Read February 28, 2014 12:52PM
Updated: April 3, 2014 6:27AM
I love “action books” — books that have the reader interact in some way other that just the story. Kids need multi-sensory activities to really draw them in.
Yet, the physical nature of a book can make that difficult.
The easiest way is with the eyes. “The World Of Mamoko In The Year 3000,” by Alexsandra and Daniel Mizielinska, really makes the reader work.
The large, bright, intriguing book introduces a wide group of characters in the inside covers. Some of them look familiar but some are obviously “aliens.”
Each character has a question to answer about its activities. For example, Aisley Mane (lionish) sits back and takes things as they come. What turns his day upside down?
Then you follow Aisley though the book and see that he “falls” over and can’t “spring” up again. There are no words. But there are tons of things to look at and talk about.
There are some other things to follow as well.
There are apples loose on every page to find and count. This is a great “wait” book to explore.
“I Spy In The Sky” by Edward Gibbs looks at birds in a different way.
There is a circle cut from the cover and we see a beady eye looking at us. We then meet a riddle on every spread, with the circle continuing to identify the next bird.
We begin with a lovely hummingbird and go on to a condor, a parrot, and one of my favorite birds, a pelican. Eagle, peacock and owl complete the set.
We are then left with a circle cut from the back cover and the question of what you can spy with your little eye.
“The Odd One Out” by Britta Teckentrup is sub-titled “A spotting book.” This is a wonderful set of “which one is different” in a group of similar things.
The first activity is a flock of birds and only one has caught a worm. You must find him.
The colors are soft and the page is active so it does take a close look. Some, like the bats, seem to be a little easier than others, but again, finding and identifying the odd-ball builds discrimination skills which are so vital to reading.
Seals, camels, turtles, pandas, rhinos and fish continue to test our skills.
The last two pages give a collection of the featured animals and challenge the reader to find the one that is not in the book.
Dallas Clayton brings us a wonderful look at the alphabet in “A Is For Awesome.”
Each letter here gives you several examples of things that start with each letter as well as a short sentence describing the letter.
For example, “A is for Awesome and also Amazing.” This is surrounded by objects that begin with A, of course.
I checked the “hard” letters and they are well represented, too. Again, this is a delightful vocabulary builder.
You could have a little contest to try to add more items to each letter.