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Balancing Act Hardcover – September 21, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 110L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442407573
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442407572
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-K–This deceptively simple and creative book is loaded with fun. Two adorable mice create a teeter-totter using a stick balanced on a rock. A salamander joins one side, creating an imbalance, but then another one of equal weight joins the other mouse, and all is in order–until it happens again with a frog and a bird. Readers might be fooled into thinking that this is just a concept book, but Walsh gives them so much more, including a twist in the ending. Observant children will want to converse about animal and color identification, as well as why the actions and reactions of the animals are creating balances/imbalances on the teeter-totter. The delightful illustrations were done using cut-paper collage and then splattered with acrylic paints. A rock at the middle of the teeter-totter is cleverly placed in the gutter, creating eye-catching spreads with lots of white space and spare text. This book is full of wonder and can be used at storytime or one-on-one.Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
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The concept of balance is gently introduced by Walsh’s collage mice, reminiscent of Leo Lionni’s, who build and play on a teeter-totter made out of a stick and a rock. The game attracts more and more animals, the teeter-totter seesawing up and down with each new arrival, until it collapses beneath the weight. Small in format like her earlier Mouse Paint (1985) and Mouse Count (1991), this is just the right size for small hands and for sharing one-on-one and also offers an opportunity to talk about the different elements of the story, including cooperation, creativity, and sharing as well as basic physics and math. The clean layout—featuring a white background; large, black typeface; and colorful animals—allows young readers to focus on what’s happening, and the neat story ends satisfyingly where it began, with just two mice left, free to play with each other—and their stick and rock—once again. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Diane Foote

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ELLEN STOLL WALSH is the author and illustrator of many award-winning early concept books for young children, including Mouse Paint, Mouse Count, and the Dot and Jabber trilogy. She lives near Rochester, New York.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pen name on September 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My 2-year-old grandtwins have been deeply stimulated by this book to think about the related concepts of balance and equilibrium which surfaces in many ways throughout their day. After reading the book, I balance it on the back of one of their little chairs and then they try (and succeed) in balancing it there themselves. They have intuitively understood where the balance point is. We talk about what toys (etc.) we can put on either side of the book to keep it in balance or to knock it off balance. They are able to predict what will happen when something is placed on one side or the other. They know that if we put a Really Heavy Thing on one side, the light things on the other side will "fly up in the air!" (which explodes them in giggles every time). They also relate the book to their own balancing on one foot, to being out of balance when they spin around and get dizzy, to things they see in nature. It is astounding how much they have taken away from this simple book. Highly recommended -- I just retired from teaching graduate school but I would have used it in my classes to introduce the concept of equilibrium if I were still teaching.

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By Heather Martin on August 1, 2013
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Loved the story and illustrations. A great story for any student in grades K thru 2.
I highly recommend this author.
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We held a day of Balancing - on beams, boards, paper on hands, and this was the perfect intro to the idea of balance. I found it as one of my 3 year old granddaughter's books - easy but to the point.
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By luvgrdane on July 6, 2013
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Very simple text which isn't very challenging. Will bring it out again when we use an actual balance. Overall more appropriate for ages 1-3.
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By KaySimone on January 26, 2013
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Great book. I used it to introduce mass/weight to 3 and 4 year old students. Very simple book that gets the point across. My one year old son enjoys the book as well. I would definitely recommend this book for young children.
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