WHOOSH! by Marilyn Baillie


A Watery World of Wonderful Creatures
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Age Range: 3 - 6
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Filled with onomatopoeia and animals both familiar and new, this book shows children that there are creatures that love water just the way they do.

“I’m a river otter pup. My mom pulls me into the chilly water for my first swimming lesson. Patiently, she teaches me to paddle and dive. Look at me float!” Mitchell cleverly connects left-hand pages, which show animals in their natural environments, to right-hand pages, which re-create the scene with children: A water strider is pictured opposite a girl lounging on a pool float; an elephant mother spraying her baby corresponds with a mom rinsing her child in the tub; and while an emperor penguin slides frontward off the ice into the sea, a child slides into a pool on his belly. Echoes of colors and patterns from the natural world appear in our world too—a hermit crab’s striped shell matches a child’s towel; the sprinkler looks like the orca’s spout. Other animals include dolphins, a great blue heron, alligators, a clownfish and a tasseled wobbegong shark. The multicultural cast of rosy-cheeked kids and the large assortment of everyday and fun activities ensure that readers will relate. Baillie brings the message home by asking kids to think of ways they use water. Backmatter includes more facts about each of the animals.

Water babies are sure to wade into this one. (Informational picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: April 15th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-926973-98-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Owlkids Books
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2014


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