Title: One Big Pair of Underwear
ONE big pair of underwear.
TWO brown bears who hate to share.
ONE bear wears the underwear.
ONE bear cries, “That isn’t fair!”
Synopsis (from Amazon website):
What’s one thing that two bears, three yaks, four goats, and six cats have in common?
They hate to share.
But look out—here comes a pack of twenty pigs ready to prove that sharing makes everything twice as fun!
Why I Like This Book:
Let me ask what is NOT to love about this book … Nothing.
- I love that this is more than just a counting book from 1-10. It is has an underlying theme of sharing!
- I love the front cover definitely an eye-catcher.
- I love all the silliness: big underwear, cooking hippos, pigs on a slide, etc.
- I love the use of poetic devices to create engaging and sometimes tongue-tied text.
- I love the colorful, engaging, humorous illustrations of Tom Lichtenheld. The art was rendered in pencil and digitally colored.
This is a great book to use in any preschool classroom, storytime, for lap-reading.
Check-out Laura Gehl’s guest post on writing with kids!
Picture Book Analysis:
- WORDS: The title of “One Big Pair of Underwear” is a memorable catchphrase. Definitely a ‘hook’.
- REPETITIVE STRUCTURE:The first ten spreads have a repetitive structure that acts as a pacing marker.
- Line 1 – Introduce number ‘N’ and desired objects
- Line 2 – Animals (N+1)
- Line 3 – ‘N’ Animals get the desired object
- <page turn>
- Line 4 – Reaction of the extra animal that didn’t get the desired object
- PAGE TURN: Due to the repetitive structure above the reader KNOWS there is going to be some silly sad animal after each page turn.
- WHITE SPACE: When showing the sad animal, it is just the one animal in that illustration which really makes the reader ‘feel’ the animal’s loneliness in being left out.
- POETIC DEVICES: Rhyme, Alliteration, Assonance, Consonance. While this isn’t a ‘rhyming’ book (doesn’t have consistent meter) it does make use of end rhyme.
- Rhyme – yaks.. snacks.. packs, seals .. wheels
- Alliteration – young yaks, small sacks .. salty snacks
- Assonance – black backpacks
- Consonance – seals steal