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Play with Me (Picture Puffins) Paperback – September 30, 1976


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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Picture Puffins
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (September 30, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140501789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140501780
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is my favorite childhood book.
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The WONDER WINDOWS project integrates wonderful children's literature with science and nature.
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The simplicity of this story is powerful!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "abraxxis" on July 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
I loved this book as a child, and reading it to my own child takes me back to lovely, lazy afternoons spent in the company of my grandmother. The message of Play With Me is one of respect and interest in the lives of living creatures around us. The book is wonderful for anytime, but especially for preparing a young child for bed or for a nap because it is a quiet, quietly happy book. Buy it for your budding naturalist or environmentalist and enjoy!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Treetop learning on November 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is another book that I would recommend in a larger hardcover copy, to get the full affect of the illustrations. Written in 1955, the illustrations are simple line drawings set against light brown pastel washes, with specific creatures brought into focus with color. The illustrations are by no means exsquisite, but their simplicity is appealing to young children, and the point of the story is well taken, that you don't play with wild animals as you would your dog or your neighbor- you learn to sit quietly and patiently, and are grateful for their presence when they come near (something most children in their world of business don't learn to enjoy). I give it 4 stars for that alone. Attributes about each of the animals are learned as the child reads along and waits with the girl in the story for what might happen next. The only criticism I have is that the story could be more descriptive, to enhance the simplistic artwork. If your child loves it, buy it. It is certainly worth a review at the library.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is wonderful at teaching children about nature/wildlife and about how to be gentle and patient. The illustrations are simple, yet full of expression. You watch the little girl try to play with various creatures from nature, and you see her sad expression as they all leap away from her. But because of her patience and gentle, quiet spirit, all the creatures eventually come to her to play. And that is the only reason I did not rate this a 5. In trying to be realistic with my own children, having a fawn or chipmunk come up to play is unrealistic regardless of how quiet or patient you are. But overall a great book for young children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Bailey on May 22, 2014
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I ordered this book to go along with our daughter's 3rd birthday present. I originally saw this book because it was recommended by Five-in-a-Row, but after using the Look-Inside feature to read it, the sweet little girl reminded me of my daughter and I knew I wanted to add it to her library.

We have read this several times a day since her birthday; it is rapidly becoming a favorite here. :)

This is a very sweet story line about a little girl who, one day when, "the sun was up and there was dew on the grass ... I went out to the meadow to play."

She encounters a number of different animals and each one proceeds the same way. On the left page she approaches the animal (a bit abruptly) and asks if it would like to play. On the right page the animal hops, flies, or slithers away.

On the second and third pages the text reads:

"A grasshopper sat on the leaf of a weed. He was eating it up for his breakfast.
'Grasshopper,' I said, 'will you play with me?' And I tried to catch him, but he leaped away."

In this fashion she also approaches a frog, turtle, chipmunk, blue jay, rabbit, and snake. They all run away. (The one detraction for me on the book is her approaching the snake. I'm not sure I want my daughter to try and play with snakes ...)

Finally the little girl is alone and she "picks a milkweed and blows off its seeds" and then sits quietly on a rock, watching "a bug making trails in the water."

As she sits there quietly all of the animals slowly return near her. And, as she continues to sit quietly, "so they wouldn't get scared and run away" a baby fawn comes out from behind a fern and licks her cheek.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this book as an assignment in my "Literature for Children" course at West Virginia State University. Although the story and the pictures are extremely simple, the story has a good moral and the pictures are really interesting. It is amazing that all of the illustrations (especially the background) are drawn with only a simple line. This is a cute story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patti Yaeger on March 16, 2007
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I was so delighted to find this beatiful little book as it was one that I read to my children years ago.

I can still see the smiles on their faces as they became one with the little girl and her relationship to

the small creatures she invites to play.

My children now have children to share this magical invitation to let their innocence take flight

as did their mommies. I am giving them these priceless little treasure at Easter. Can't wait to see my

daughters' faces light up with recognition. A few tears are guarateed.

What a resource for retracing "moments". I am now searching for a couple of other little treasured books.

Patti Yaeger
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Spritz on February 27, 2009
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And this is one of them. Not much of a story: a girl goes for a walk, wants to play with animals, scares them away, and then, by being quiet, draws them back. But it is sweet and specific and beautifully drawn. Abd kids love it. What more do you want?
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