Ceora Brown LIBR 262A

Materials for Children 0-4

67) Beaver is Lost by Elisha Cooper

Cooper, Elisha. Beaver is Lost. Random House, 2010. 40 pages. ISBN: 978-0-375-85765-2.

In this almost-wordless picture book “Beaver is lost”. At one moment,  Beaver is sitting on a floating wood-log, in the next moment, Beaver is picked up by a huge truck, separating him from his home.  Beaver is lost in the city. In trying to find his way back home, Beaver is chased by a German Shepard dog, swims in a backyard pool, enters a zoo, meets other beavers in the zoo, escapes into a lake, exits through a water tunnel,  runs through a crowd of people, follows a mouse downstairs, and swims into the river to return “Home”. With watercolor and pencil, Cooper defines small details in the city and the beaver’s characteristics, and a comic-strip format breaks the story up into action paced scenes. Young children do not need words to enjoy this picture book, the scenes are kept simple so they can follow Beaver’s journey through the city and back home. A great read for narrative development. Children can explain in their own words what happened to Beaver.  (Picture book 3-6). Author-illustrator website can be found at http://elishacooper.com/.


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61) Bee & Bird by Craig Frazier

Frazier, Craig. Bee & Bird. Roaring Brook, 2011. 40 pages. ISBN: 978-1-59643-660-2

This wordless picture book is outstanding for its use of graphic design and differing perspectives. We first see black and yellow stripes up close. Next, we see a large bee on top of a red dot, with an orange triangular shape. A side angle of the bee reveals a big red bird. Only the eyes of the red bird acknowledge the bee sitting upon its head. A small image of the red bird and the bee are now sitting in a tree, with blue sky in between, and a yellow square shape. An overhead/aerial shot reveals that a green tree, with the bird and the bee, is in a yellow truck. The bird and the bee take off in flight over a solid cow pattern, and another perspective reveals the red bird sitting on top of a black-and-white cow. As if taken by a camera lens, the picture book presents different perspectives, as the bird and the bee ride together over many different landscapes, only to part–with the bee returning to its beehive. This picture book will help young children understand the concept of shapes and perception. Children will want to re-look at the book for the strong solid colors, and the different range of patterns and shapes–stripes, cow-patterns, checkers, cones, and waves. (Picture book 2-5) Author-Illustrator website can be found at http://www.craigfrazier.com/.

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