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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (August 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763627836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763627836
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 9.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,590,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–Using bright collage artwork, a clean design, and a variety of movable pieces, Crowther provides a clear and imaginative introduction to a basic concept. Each page features a word and readers must take some action–pulling a tab or turning a wheel–to discover its opposite. The pictures incorporate easy-to-understand examples in creative ways. For instance, a roller coaster (operated by a turning wheel) illustrates the difference between up and down. Youngsters can flick the switch (by moving a tab) of a flashlight to see dark and light and pull on an alligator's tongue to see how its jaws open and shut. Warmly colored backgrounds and simply rendered images keep kids' attention focused on the task at hand, and the volume's sturdy pages and reinforced tabs will survive lots of use. A fun addition to concept-book collections.–Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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PreS-Gr. 1. Crowther makes good use of simple paper design to illustrate opposing concepts such as in and out, high and low, happy and sad, and full and empty. Even very young children will enjoy pulling a tab to make a thin sandwich become a thick one or to change a television screen from off to on. The circular roller coaster that cleverly illustrates up and down may even enchant their older brothers and sisters. Clean and spare, the brightly colored collage artwork pares down each picture to its essentials. Books with moveable parts have a notoriously short shelf life, but this appears to be sturdier than most. The relatively thick pages and the lift-the-flap, turn-the-wheel, and pull-the-tab technologies make it a reasonable investment for many libraries that are reluctant to purchase books with easily destroyed pop-ups. Best of all, the book offers children a good time as well as a chance to learn a thing or two. Carolyn Phelan
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Church on February 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book has great construction. If I had more time, I would give this book a review that would do it justice. Check it out! Buy it! You won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Peck on March 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The reason books like this one are so great are the moving parts that entertain kids so much. However, it is also their downfall as they rip easily when used by little hands. You have to be vigilant in making sure they are careful or the book will rip to shreds very quiclky.

Not recommended for rougher children, unless you plan to keep it out of reach and only read it with them. However, it is a beautiful book with great illustrations and good presenation of opposites.
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This is a very fun, creative opposites book with flip ups, twists, pull flaps, etc. Very colorful, well-depicted, and engaging--a great book!
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This is a great book... very hands on and keeps little ones engaged! Get ready to buy two (one that they can play with on their own, and one for reading with an adult). My first copy is torn beyond repair, and my son still brings it to me as his first choice.
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By K's Mom on August 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My son learnt the opposites in no time, he also has a lot of fun with all the various push/pull flaps and so on. I think its a wonderful book, with great illustrations and ideas. A must have in my opinion.

I agree that things to do tear, but that is true of any book with moving parts. We've had it for 2 years and we've lost the roller coaster and we had to fix the alligator's mouth. My son has been handling it a lot and by no means is it in shreds (he is no more or less gentle than most boys his age).
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