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WHAT WE DO by Reg Cartwright


by Reg Cartwright & illustrated by Reg Cartwright

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: July 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8050-7671-9
Publisher: Henry Holt

In rhyming text, Cartwright describes the movement of several different animals. “We are worms and we wiggle. / I’m a caterpillar. I creep. / I’m a fish and I swim. / We are lambs and we leap.” Each creature gets its own page, while marching ants stretch out across a double-page spread. Cartwright’s illustrations have a folk-art feel and muted colors such as slate blue, moss green and earthy brown have a soothing effect. In the end, a boy and girl appear—“We are children and we play”—which is what youngsters will likely want to do, mimicking each animal’s movement, while hearing this story read aloud. (Picture book. 2-5)