Friday, 19 February 2021

Float or Sink?

 Float or Sink? by Kylie Covark, illustrated by Andrew Plant (Ford Street Publishing) HB RRP $24.95

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Float or Sink? is a delightful picture book for young children written in rhyming couplets. The story begins with a simple stick bobbing along a creek. The question is posed to the audience: Float... or sink? The cumulative tale technique is used as a variety of bugs land on the stick, one by one, and the same question is asked each time. In the end, it is not a bug that has its eye on the stick.

The illustrations and shimmering blue endpapers are uniquely glorious. The pictures are presented on double page spreads and alternate between monochrome sketches and brightly coloured artwork.

The rhythm, rhyme and repetition make this book an enjoyable read aloud for children aged 3-6 years old. Float or Sink? would be a great addition to any early years’ classroom and a thought-provoking prelude to a fun science lesson.

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