Dart into the drizzle,
Cool down summer heat.
Slip out of the spray with wet hands and feet.
In this charming book for preschoolers, vibrant photographs combine with delightful illustrations and bouncy, fun-to-read rhymes that will inspire children to use their imagination to transform into play what they see in the natural world.
Slither Slide, What’s Outside? Well, for one thing a veritable toy store and imagination station. Each spread has a photograph of something in nature: a swaying tree,a slithering worm, a rollicking river, and a far-reaching rainbow. Each picture shows the reader what the children see (no names), and become inspired to create play together. Ice covered tree limbs inspire the children to ice skate on frozen ice. A waterfall inspires two children to make their own waterfall, one of them becoming the base of the lake below.
Along with the nature photograph, which encompasses the entire left side of a spread. The right side has a colorful, sometimes humorous illustration of children playing out the inspiring nature they see around them. To enhance the picture book, small children will enjoy a four line poem, always ending in a one-word exclamation of joy.
The blustery wind
That blows in from the west—
For windmills and pinwheels, it’s really the best.
I really love this happy picture book and the way it inspires playful creativity. Slither Slide, What’s Outside? is meant for preschoolers, but I think any child willing to move to his right-brain, will find the freedom of thought and movement each spread challenges its readers to enjoy. The poetry is fast, fun, exudes excitement and joy, and is something that adults will not get tired of reading to their little ones. Some poems are punchy, like the example above. Some use alliteration, which for me creates an involuntary smile. I love the sounds and the sometimes tongue twisting nature of the similar sounding words.
Kids do not get the outdoor exercise they once did thanks to more and more technology designed to make our lives easier.…. I think it is good young kids can master these devices quickly. I wish I could. They also need play time that involves the right side of their brain where creativity lays, in addition to left-brain movement and vocabulary. Slither Slide, What’s Outside? can help parents instill this creativity that I think we all have. I see parents playing right alongside their child, laughing, smiling, creating, and spontaneously playing.
Preschools and kindergarten classrooms can use Slither Slide, What’s Outside? at recess or even as part of a lesson plan. The vocabulary is simple, the sentences short, and the fun contagious. When we are having fun and enjoying our work, we find it easy to accept new things and ideas. I think if used in the pre-K or K classroom, even reluctant readers will be open to reading and expanding their vocabularies. The bright, cheerfully colored illustrations add to the imaginative flow of the book. I believe Slither Slide, What’s Outside? will have an award by the end of 2012, so get ahead of the crowd, and slither slide to you favorite bookstore. Make today a right-brain play day.
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Author: Simon and Sheryl Shapiro Illustrations and Concept: Nora Hilb website blog Publisher: Annick Press website Publication Date: March 2012 ISBN: 978-1-55451-386-4 Number of Pages: 32 Ages: 2 to 5 ................... ..............