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Bees, Snails, and Peacock Tails

By Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Explore nature's patterns and shapes with preschoolers.

Book Betsy Franco Animals 2008
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Preschoolers like their books to rhyme, and adults like it when the author doesn't have to reach too much to make the rhymes work; everyone's needs are met here. This is a well-written and interesting nonfiction book. Preschoolers love to share little bits of information so kids will appreciate the interesting factoids. They will also like being able to trace the patterns and shapes in the arresting pictures.

The illustrations by Caldecott Honor winner Steve Jenkins are vibrant and detailed. Using a layered paper technique, he creates a world that seems three dimensional and realistic while retaining a simplicity that is extremely appealing. The very littlest readers, who might not have the patience for the text, will still enjoy the book for the pictures and parents can help them find the animals' hexagons, diamonds and "graceful Vs."

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