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Whoosh!: A Watery World of Wonderful Creaturesby Marilyn Baillie
Synopses & Reviews
A wonderful, whimsical exploration of various animals in the water and the ways in which children can, and do, mimic them, Whoosh! gets young readers thinking and moving. Each spread features an animal in a watery scene opposite a child mimicking the animaland#8217;s activity in some way. From splashing like a dolphin to fishing like a heron, from snoozing like an alligator to hiding like a clownfish, the echoing images bring to life the real ways that animals behave and#151; and reveal how thereand#8217;s a little bit of animal in all of us. The book closes with a and#147;Guess What?and#8221; section that provides brief and quirky facts about the animals featured throughout. A rebus at the back encourages children to read on their own and discover other ways to get up and move, by scuttling like a crab or waddling like a penguin. With Whoosh! readers will splash through the bright, engaging illustrations into a water-filled world of play and learning.
"Children imitate animals that live in or around water in this cheerful introduction to 11 common and less familiar creatures. In one scene, a girl happily relaxes on a green pool float, imitating the stance of a water strider that introduces itself on the opposing page: 'I can race across lakes and ponds — my light body and long legs help me walk on water.' Elsewhere, an adult assists another child as she learns to swim, mimicking a river otter and its mother, while a tot bundled in a towel is as cozy as a hermit crab in its shell. Mitchell's bright paintings offer fun visual parallels between animal and child, and a closing 'Did You Know? section provides additional animal facts. Ages 3 — 7." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Marilyn Baillie has been a teacher, editor, and writer and is an active advocate of childrenand#8217;s books and education. A former editor of chickaDEE Magazine and the author of numerous books, including Nose to Toes, Animals at the Edge, and Amazing Things Animals Do, she lives in Toronto. Susan Mitchell is a graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art. A full-time illustrator with 16 books to her credit, she lives in Montreal.
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