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PreSchool-K–Each spread illustrates activities above and below ground in specific locales: a house and its cellar, a stage, a picnic spot, the Antarctic, a jungle, a city street, a desert, a vegetable garden, two boats, a golf course, and a suburban street. The colorful, computer-generated pictures are elaborate and interesting. Most of the below-ground scenes are fairly plausible, but others include animals playing cards, reading, etc. The one beneath the golf course humorously shows gophers using machinelike contraptions to recycle golf balls. The scenes are separated by rhyming couplets. Unfamiliar words such as performing, crew, unaware, and conceals offer good teaching moments. Children will want to pore over the details and think about the many activities depicted in the art. Pair this title with Arlene Mosel's The Funny Little Woman (Puffin, 1993) for another amusing depiction of what goes on above and below ground.–Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ
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PreS. In this debut picture book, whimsical, computer-generated pictures juxtapose active worlds, above and below ground. The simple, rhyming text introduces the scenarios: "While actors on stage are performing a play, the crew down below is working away." The full-page spreads, split horizontally in two, show different scenes: rooms filled with family activity above a quiet basement; hikers in a hot desert above spelunkers in a cool cave. Some of the most fanciful scenes include animals: golfers fret on the course above an underground factory where gophers collect and polish balls. A few spreads focus on water, and the contrasts in mood are stark: while sailors toss on a stormy sea above, "under the waves, it's as calm as can be." Children will return again and again to find new objects in the bright, clean-lined artwork, and an ant and worm tucked into each spread offer an added seek-and-find game. Guaranteed fun for interactive, one-on-one read-alouds. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (February 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811848760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811848763
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The text is simple and rhyming but it's the pictures that make for real fun!
Harper Curtis
We go to the library on Friday afternoons with our grandson, and we have read more children's books than I can remember; but this book is one not to be forgotten.
I. M. Sure
I bought this book for my 18 month old nephew, after witnessing a friend's toddler's love of the book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By nanotang on June 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
With gorgeous, clever pictures and spare text, you can't just "read" this book to your child... you'll have discussions about the small (ants and worms figure big here) and the large (the Antarctic, the rain forest, whales.) Each turn of the page presents a cheerful, but ever-so-gently-subversive, panorama of animals and people sharing the same space. Like all great children's entertainment, there's plenty to amuse adults as well as kids.

This book was a gift to my three-year old, who loudly informs us that this is "HIS favorite." I've never written an Amazon review, but was inspired to check this book's listing -- and to add my son's recommendation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janis on March 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my 3 year old son because I was drawn to the quirky artwork.

It has proven to be a family favorite. The best part is the pictures are so detailed that we are always discovering something new and funny. The text is a bit lacking but in this case a picture is worth a thousand words.

If you like cool books with great art then this is highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Hilbert on March 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Our four-year-old son loves this book. The saturated colors, detailed illustrations, and the simple concept offers much in the way of discussion about the world and everyday life with preschoolers. When I asked my son what he liked about it, he said, "I just love it, that's all." Enough said.
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I recently purchased this book for my 3 year old grandson. I had read the reviews and expected to 'like' the book, but I LOVE this book. The illustrations are whimsical, funny, thought-provoking and make "reading time" an adventure. The simple concept (above and below) and sparse words, add to the richness of the book; allowing you and your child to experience each page as you discover new scenes and characters.

We go to the library on Friday afternoons with our grandson, and we have read more children's books than I can remember; but this book is one not to be forgotten.

If you only get one children's book this year - make it this one.
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By abc mom on September 21, 2010
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This book is fun! My two kids (ages 4 and 2)ask for it constantly. We finally had to buy it because they whined when I tried to return the library's copy (which we'd checked out numerous times). The pictures are bright and each spread is packed with activity. Good for inquisitive minds. The kids always spot something they hadn't discovered before. They still like to find their favorite things in the illustrations too. I enjoy the clever ups and downs the author introduces. We'll probably be enjoying this book through early elementary.
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Sue Redding's imagination and attention to detail is so rewarding as a parent and a reader. She creates stunning illustrations that allow a child to see the actions presented in each picture, but each page engages the child to create their own story of events. As a parent, I enjoy finding the irony and the wit in each page (NYU Subway platform, the submarine going the wrong way). Our child also likes to find the worm and the ant on every page. I highly recommend this book!
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By 5. Wars on November 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is very simple, but has so many things to look at in the illustrations. Since it's broken in half, the top page is above ground, the bottom is under, and it shows many different settings. My kids (7 and 5) love looking at every little detail. My first grader, who is learning to read, can read this book quite well already. What I love is that each time they look through it, they see something new they never saw before. It's very well done.
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We got this book when our kids were two years old (that was two years ago) and they loved it. In fact, they still do!

Sue teaches industrial design, and it shows in her work. There's always something interesting to see, not just people or animals, but also buildings and machinery.

I hope she does more books! We will gladly add them to our children's library.
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