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I Took a Walk Hardcover – March 23, 1998

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-KAGorgeous acrylic paintings offer readers a visual introduction to habitatsAwoods, meadow, stream, and pond. Gatefold pages meant to encourage observation skills feature a full-page flap with text in simple language and large type that describes each scene. Under the flap is a list of 10-15 animals, insects, or plants for children to find on the full-bleed pages. The lists, however, seem complex, containing items that youngsters (and many adults) may not be able to identify. For example, the list of things to find in and around the stream includes "a mourning cloak butterfly...a spicebush butterfly...a tiger swallowtail butterfly...signs of a beaver." Not until the end of the book are match-ups provided: in small type on a single-page, the four lists and foldouts are reproduced with numbers matching names to insects, plants, and animals. Extensive adult participation will be necessary to help children understand that each page represents a different habitat. Jim Arnosky's Crinkleroot's Guide to Walking in Wild Places (S & S, 1990) is a superior choice for primary-grade audiences, but preschool and kindergarten teachers may appreciate this book.ALisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Scientific American

This richly illustrated book takes you through woods and meadows and beside streams and ponds, where you discover, in fold-out panorama pages, butterflies and box turtles, wildflowers and water birds. When you're done reading, you may well want to take your own walk, as the author suggests, and "find a place to sit and watch and listen."
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 190L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1st ed edition (March 23, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688151159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688151157
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Henry Cole is the celebrated illustrator of many books for children, including the Bad Boys series by Margie Palatini, and is also the author and illustrator of the novel A Nest for Celeste.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By abookbug on July 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My son and I discovered this book when he was two. Not only did it become one of our favorite reads, it also permanently increased his awareness of nature and his ability to observe it well. Flaps fold out into detailed three-page spreads of a variety of settings (in the woods and meadow, by a river, at the pond), and an inventory of read-and-seek items listed by their specific names encourages young ones to find and identify correctly a myriad of plants, animals, and even signs that let you know an animal has been there previously. A guide at the back helps you know you have matched up all the items correctly. It's like an excellent, anywhere field guide for little ones.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 2003
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I bought this book for my son's 7th birthday. It is obviously for a younger child - not to age 8, in my opinion. Although, I can't see that my son would have ever been thrilled with it, because the pictures are not very colorful.
There isn't much of a story here, just mostly lists of creatures that you are supposed to locate on the pages...my son wasn't interested in having the story read to him a second time.
I gave this story 3 stars for a child under 6...1 star for an older child.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2000
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Beautiful illustrations and an enjoyable story make this book afun way for children to learn about the different animals we findoutside.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By abookbug on July 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My son and I discovered this book when he was two. Not only did it become one of our favorite reads, it also permanently increased his awareness of nature and his ability to observe it well. Flaps fold out into detailed three-page spreads of a variety of settings (in the woods and meadow, by a river, at the pond), and an inventory of read-and-seek items listed by their specific names encourages young ones to find and identify correctly a myriad of plants, animals, and even signs that let you know an animal has been there previously. A guide at the back helps you know you have matched up all the items correctly. It's like an excellent, anywhere field guide for little ones.
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