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It Looked Like Spilt Milk Big Book Paperback – May 30, 1992

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Ages 3 to 6.Sometimes it looked like Spilt Milk. But it wasn't Spilt Milk.Sometimes it looked like a Bird or an Ice Cream Cone or a Birthday Cake or an Angel.But it wasn't a Bird or an Ice Cream Cone or a Birthday Cake or an Angel.What was it?Whether reading in a group or on your own, you'll be kept guessing until the very end.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 180L (What's this?)
  • Series: Big Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperFestival; Big edition (May 30, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064433129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064433129
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 19.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,259,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Gunnells on March 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am a children's librarian, with many years' experience with preschool storytimes. This is a classic concept book, and one of my favorites. As a read-aloud, I like it better than Eric Carle's more recent Little Cloud. The repetition not only engages the children, it makes it easy for them to respond successfully. "It looked like ..." gives them a chance to identify the shape, with no wrong answers, because the next phrase is "But it wasn't a wasn't a ..." for all. By the time the last page revals that "It was just a cloud in the sky" most of them have guessed,and are pretty proud of themselves. It might be too long for many groups (he wrote it for a pre-television audience) but it is easy to skip pages or speed up. Makes a great feltboard using quilt batting.
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Format: Board book
Since the text follows a simple pattern, the book is good for teaching English as a foreign language. Here in Korea, I have had students ask me to read it again.
It is also good for a lesson on spoken intonation. The children enjoy playing the xylophone on C-E-A-G-G-G while I read "but it wasn't spilt milk."
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Format: Paperback
My 2 year-old son first read this book at daycare. He loved it, and his teacher recommended I buy it for him. The drawings are simple, and the rhyme is repetetive, but it is a story that is very easy for children to join in on "reading." It also teaches toddlers new words like "squirrel" and "ice cream cone" that other books for this age group do not contain.
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I have an old hardcover edition that my students enjoy, but they enjoy a felt board version that I made even more because it was easier for all of them to see. So I was very glad to see this classic come out in a Big Book edition. However, it was SO disappointing when I received my Big Book and saw that the background was black in this edition rather than the blue background in my small hardcover. Which is true to the original?

A blue background helps preschoolers connect the dots between this book and watching clouds in the real sky. And the picture on the Amazon site shows the book as blue, too. Skip this Big Book and stick to using a felt board, teachers.
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What exactly is the "it" in this story? That's what the author leaves the reader to discover as you flip through the pages of this intriguing little book. White pictures and font set against sky blue pages set up this childhood guessing game. Sometimes it looked like spilt milk, but it wasn't spilt milk. Sometimes it looked like a birthday cake or a squirrel or a tree and so on and so forth. The book provides an excellent introduction for preschool/kindergarten lessons on clouds or as the pre-model activity for some other creative exercise. Personally, I just like flipping through the book looking at the white on the blue, it's so calming and peaceful. Anyway, a very useful book to use teaching young children that they will enjoy having read to them.
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I am a pre-school teacher and have found this book lends itself to many other project such as allowing children to make their own book showing what they think the clouds look like. It is a very easy book for children to memorize and then "reread" over and over. My children love to "read" this book to anyone that will listen. I recomend this book to anyone that has a child with emerging reading skills or wonderful imaginations!!
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As a child, I remember laying in the grass on a warm summer day and just watching the clouds. They became so many things in my imagination. Do children do that anymore? Try reading "It Looked Like Spilt Milk" and rediscover, or discover the clouds for yourself!
I Have been using this book for children's literature activities for years. So many parents and teachers these days don't know about it. Awesome book.
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By A Customer on November 29, 2001
Format: Board book
I'm a new elementary educator, and I found this book very useful for promoting creativity in the classroom. Not only is it a good book to read before introducing a unit on clouds and weather, but also it can be used to increase artistic expression. You will not be disappointed with this title.
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