Thursday, February 7, 2008

Not a Stick

Antoinette Portis has a follow-up to Not a Box. This time it's Not a Stick.

It's deceptively simple, even more so than Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. The illustrations are mostly line drawings (except Van Gogh's Starry Night, but Portis didn't draw that).

The theme is the same as the previous book: With a little imagination an ordinary, everyday object can be many things including a horse or a sword used to fend off a fire-breathing dragon.

Preschool children will definitely be inspired by this lesson. Babies like Maya, however, seem to already have it down. Isn't that why they bypass all of their colorful toys to play for an hour with an empty bottle?

A great group book. Kids who've read the book before can call out what the stick will be before you turn the page.

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