Sunday, October 10, 2010

Review: Green Eyes by A. Birnbaum

Synopsis:

Green Eyes, the curious kitten, ventures beyond his familiar big red box and greets spring, summer, fall, and winter—each with their unique colors, scents, and feelings. Children will delight in discovery with Green Eyes as he ventures out and cozies up to the familiar warmth of home upon his return.


The Elliott Review: 

I've been using this book with my students to model the use of detail in a paragraph for several years now, but this year is the first time I've actually noticed that it is, indeed, a golden oldie - originally published in 1953. The drawings, however, are absolutely beautiful with an eclectic feel to them.

The text is simple and somewhat predictive toward the end, but the simplicity helps show my older students how to include details as well as different levels of details. It's also very funny to see what things each class notices about the clever illustrations as we read along.

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