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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: NorthSouth (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735840008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735840003
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 11.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Inspired by an Italian song, this brightly illustrated picture book asks a series of questions related to the natural world. The rhyming text, translated from the original German, is simple enough for sharing with preschoolers. A horizontal painting, showing the cross section of the ground with four stages of a young plant�s growth, illustrates the question �How do seeds know how to grow, to reach up from the earth below?� The artwork for �What makes fire burn red and gold and makes it much too hot to hold?� is more abstract, with flowing shapes in overlapping tones of white, yellow, orange, and black. Best known for the Rainbow Fish series, Pfister uses a less controlled approach here, applying acrylic paints by printing them on paper using thick cut-cardboard shapes as blocks. Interesting fractal-like effects add texture. An illustrator�s note explains the technique and encourages readers to try it. This visually appealing picture book asks open-ended questions and lets children ponder the answers. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan


Booklist Reviews Bertie At Bedtime:

Bertie and his father may be hippos, but this story of getting a child fed and ready for bed is universal and
familiar. At first, young Bertie doesn't want to eat supper because he is busy playing. Dad says he will
play with Bertie after supper and toothbrushing, and he keeps his promise—chasing Bertie, giving him a
fun bath, and playing hide-and-seek. After three books (including classics such as Good Night, Hippo) and
a quick succession of bedtime dances, at least one hippo is ready for bed: Dad. Pfister's hippos are an
irresistible pair, full of sweetness and life. Although Pfister uses a single floral pattern for wallpaper,
flooring, furniture, and clothes, he keeps the art from becoming boring by running the pattern through
vivid and appealing shades of purple, blue, green, pink, and orange. The book's last spread is a charmer: as
Dad lies curled up on a bundle of blankets and pillows, Bertie cuddles up close. "Good night, Daddy," he
says. "Tomorrow we can play some more."

More About the Author

Marcus Pfister has written and illustrated many books for North-South, including the popular Penguin Pete and Hopper series. His books The Rainbow Fish, Rainbow Fish to the Rescue!, and Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale have become international best-sellers.

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By books on June 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book has beautiful pictures & would be a great read aloud. As a teacher, I can see using it to start discussions or to teach children how to question.
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By Debnance at Readerbuzz on December 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A series of unanswerable questions are posed, with poetic responses and sparkling illustrations. A new book by a respected author.
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Format: Hardcover
A wonderful offering from the creator of Rainbow Fish; Questions, Questions is a testament to the power of picture books to enchant and engage the minds of young readers. This is a fantastic opportunity for parents or teachers to interact with their children, as each two page spread presents a question. "What turns the rain on in the sky and brings the sun to make things dry?" is the question on one spread, and another asks "How do birds learn how to sing? What brings summer after spring?" This book is full of questions about simple things that have pretty complex answers. They will be sure to generate both discussion and imagination. The possibilities that may arise from the question "Do apple seeds dream happily of growing up to be a tree?" are just endless. The book ends with a rhyme reinforcing the fact that questions are indeed everywhere, and that there is just so much out there to know! A great lesson that it's never too early to start teaching.

The illustrations in this book are beautiful. The colors are bright, and the author's technique has given us images that have a very interesting texture, exhibiting a very unique mix of realism and the abstract. Each spread features one foiled element which naturally draws the eye, however your attention stays to examine the color variations and the different effects the artist was able to obtain through his stamping technique. Kids will enjoy them and parents will marvel at them, making this a great choice for the classroom and any preschoolers personal collection. Recommended.
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