Monday, January 30, 2012

5 Board Books for the 5 Senses

What Can I Hear? Annie Kubler. 2011. Child's Play. 12 pages.

Bing, bong bashing!

What Can I Taste? Annie Kubler. 2011. Child's Play. 12 pages.

...and sweet
of juice.

What Can I Feel? Annie Kubler. 2011. Child's Play. 12 pages.

Tingling toes...
quivery snow
on my nose.

What Can I See? Annie Kubler. 2011. Child's Play. 12 pages.


Jiggling bugs
going round
and round
and round.

What Can I Smell? Annie Kubler. 2011. Child's Play. 12 pages.

fresh towels
for bathtime

Today I am sharing with you five board books that were recently published by Child's Play. These five board books work best together. Each board book focuses on one of the five senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. Each board book uses descriptive language--it's very rich in adjectives--to illustrate the sense. The images--or objects--being described in each book are familiar ones to young ones.

From What Can I Taste?

...and crumbly

Swirly, twirly spaghetti tangles...

Not all of the descriptions are as fun--to me--as "swirly, twirly spaghetti tangles" but I think that is one of the best examples. Because that is almost poetic. You can definitely visualize that...AND it is fun to say!

My two favorites are What Can I Hear? and What Can I Taste? The others are just okay.

Read these board books
  • If you've got a little one two or under that you love and want to read to
  • If you're looking for examples--for better or worse--of descriptive language
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