Thursday, 30 December 2010

Row, Row, Row Your Boat. What Can You See?

Row, Row, Row Your Boat. What Can You See? by Angie Lionetto-Civa, illustrated by Serena Geddes (New Frontier Publishing)
PB RRP $14.95
ISBN 9781921042539
Reviewed by Vicki Stanton and guest reviewer Daniel (7)

This delightful picture is written in rhyming text based on the familiar song Row, Row Your Boat. The text is perfect to be read or even sung out loud to children as they travel along 'gently down the stream' with two young boys in a boat. Along the way they encounter animals which then join them on their journey until they come upon one, a crocodile, that they must flee. The book ends on a joyous note when they all disembark to 'dance and play'. Lift-the-flap books are always a winner with children and any book that can lure my two-year-old nephew away from tractors and wheelbarrows to sit quietly and in anticipation to reveal the next animal has my vote. (In fact, to review this book I had to chase him around the backyard to, briefly, get it back off him.)

Serena Geddes' watercolour illustrations cover the double spread and show the anticipation and delight of the whole band of travellers as they encounter each new animal. My favourite picture is that of the giraffe with her calf.

Daniel (7) I like this book because there is a lion and a monkey and the words rhyme. My favourite picture is the otter swimming on his back.

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