Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Not-So-Random Shelf: Picture Book

If you’re looking for books about autumn, you might be out of luck. Preschool and kindergarten teachers like to do units on the seasons, so it’s best to get seasonally themed books quickly.

On the other hand, there are always books that at first, might not fit the theme, but on a second glance, does fit within the spirit of the theme. Changes is one such book. It’s not so much about seasonal changes as it is about life changes. Through beautiful photography and sparse writing, we see a flower bud blossoming, a tree changing colors throughout the year, cherries blooming in the summer and corn growing high in the fall, and a caterpillar changing into a butterfly.

The book then delves into reproduction, showing us an egg, then baby birds, followed by strong birds in flight. A baby deer, piglet, and foal are juxtaposed against a buck, sow, and mare. “All things go through changes as they grow” concludes the book, and we see a picture of an expectant mother, followed by an infant, followed by a toddler, and finally a sturdy preschooler and two schoolgirls. Changes is a lovely and dreamy book that is suitable for very young children as well as way to introduce a unit to elementary students.

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