Posts tagged ‘Sue Fliess’

September 12, 2013

Robots, Robots Everywhere!

Robots Title: Robots, Robots Everywhere!

Author: Sue Fliess (listen to her fantastic interview-episode 12 at Part Time Author Podcast)
Illustrator: Bob Staake
Publisher: Golden Books, 2013
Book Type: Fiction
Ages: 2-5
Themes: Robots

Opening Lines:

“On the ground and in the air,
Robots, robots, everywhere!
Up in space, beneath the seas,
Robots make discoveries.”

Synopsis (from Amazon Website):

So begins this rollicking Little Golden Book featuring robots of all kinds, from ones up in space to the ones we use at home. With bold, colorful artwork by award-winner Bob Staake, it’s a perfect introduction to the fascinating subject of today’s real robots!

Activities:

Why I Like This Book:

One of the things I love about picture books is it makes learning so much fun. Who wouldn’t want to look at colorful illustrations with to the point text instead of reading some dry technical article with no pictures. That is exactly what Ms. Fliess has done with this high-energy book. She has made it fun to learn. It looks like a fiction book, but shhhh … it’s really non-fiction. There was a lot of research and most (maybe all) of the robots mentioned are either in-use today or there are prototypes.

Mr. Staake’s whimsical, bold colored illustrations captivate the eye while the rhyming text keeps the reader zipping along (and learning). There are deep-sea robots, vacuum robots, even planting crop robots. The only thing that upset me was there was no bibliography at the end so I could go read more on all these interesting robots. But alas this is a picture book for the little ones, for them it’s perfect. For the older kids (adult kids) go check-out Wikipedia.

Check-out this awesome book trailer, I love the music.

This review is part of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.

Disclosure: I received my copy of this book from the publisher Golden Books. This review nevertheless reflects my own and honest opinion about the book.

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November 16, 2012

Tons of Trucks

Title: Tons of Trucks

Author: Sue Fliess
Illustrator: Betsy Snyder

Publisher: HMH Books, 2012
Book Type: Fiction
Ages: Birth – 4
Themes: Trucks, Rhyming, Interactive

Opening Lines:

“Tons osf trucks before our eyes, in every color shape and size.

Big trucks, strong trucks, scoop and dig trucks.”

Synopsis (from Amazon website):

Big trucks, small trucks, dump trucks, tow trucks, and all kinds of other trucks can be found in this playful touch-and-move book. A backhoe scoops and digs, a cement truck spins, a tar truck oozes sticky tar, and tabs pull up and out to reveal surprises. The trucks eventually slow down for a rest, where little hands can lift the flaps to see animals snuggling up for sleepy-time—under a rising moon. Filled with vibrant art and adorable characters, this book gives a child everything he’s looking for when he presses his face against the fence at a construction site!

Activities:

Read more truck books, sing truck songs, or do truck crafts! (see this awesome post by Playing by the Book)

More links for truck crafts, printables (coloring sheets, mazes, word puzzles), and Pinterest boards on Cars & Trucks and Transportation.

Why I Like This Book:

Colorful, engaging concept book about trucks which have cute animals too. I fell in love with this book right away. The rhyming text has a good cadence, and the illustrations are just gorgeous. I love the way the colors just pop and the animals have a roundness to them making them appear child-like. The best part is the interactive aspect. The reader gets to pull, push, spin, swing, and lift as they explore all the different trucks. A unique aspect of the book design is that in some of the “lift” or “slide” parts, you don’t just see the rest of the truck but also the characters doing something fun or silly. Good feature which increases the re-readability and play-ability. Each spread shows the trucks at work. The final spread is a bedtime scene with parked trucks under a full moon. Lift the flaps to see how the animals are getting ready for bed.

Perfect holiday gift for any toddler, girl or boy!

This review is part of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.

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