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I Went Walking (A Voyager/Hbj Book) Paperback – August 17, 1992


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Series: A Voyager/Hbj Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (August 17, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152380116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152380113
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 10 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Out for a stroll, a girl sees a variety of creatures--rendered in Vivas's distinctive, whimsical style--"looking at me." Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

A worthy successor to Bill Martin's Brown Bear, Brown Bear , What Do You See? (Holt, 1983). With its patterned response to the title, "What did you see?," and the accompanying lead-in picture showing part of a farmyard animal, this book immediately draws children into the story. The lively, unspoken storyline of a shock-headed toddler playing silly games with the animals he meets and gradually shedding his shoes, socks, and jacket fills out the spare text for beginning readers. The accumulating line of animals marching in wild sweeping patterns across the page gives viewers a bouncy, flowing experience from page to page. With only six animals, the story is brief; the watercolors, while predominantly realistic in tone and anatomical detail, have an exaggerated roundness and glow that give a fanciful turn to the naming story. The animals and toddler become progressively more animated, until story's end, which features a two-page, wordless spread reminiscent of Max's "wild rumpus" in Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are . The focus on the pages is clearly on the short text and the characters, making for a simple yet active experience for beginning readers and very young listeners. --Ruth K. MacDonald, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Worth adding to any library!!!
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Repetitive text makes it easy for your child to read with you (or to you!).
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The quality of the illustration and the story presented are delightful.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Robert on May 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I discovered "I Went Walking" when I taught first grade. It was a part of their literature series early in the year. I have no children of my own and I own both the board book and the paperback edition of this book because I love the illustrations and the rhythmical quality of the text. As someone who has professionally worked with children ages 2-12, I find that this kind of text is invaluable to early readers (ages 2-7). Children can easily pick up on the patterns in the sentences and begin developing many pre-reading skills (like being able to identify the left to right movement of written sentences). To find books that your young child will want to read over and over again is a jewel in their literacy development. To find books like this that you will want to read over and over again with your child is a treasure box of time shared!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amy J on June 15, 2001
Format: Board book
This book is so sweet. The watercolor paintings are colorful without being brash, and the child and animals are all realistic and yet stylized at the same time. I love how the child is not defined by the story as being a boy or a girl, and that it looks ambiguous enough to be either.
The repetition of the story makes it easy to read and easy for an older child to learn, and yet isn't the kind of repetition that drives parents wild. As the child gets older, you can drop words and let them "fill in the blank" as they look at the pictures to identify both the animals and the animals' colors.
When I was a Nanny my charge and I adored this book and read it at least a hundred times. Now that I am home with my own son, I bought the book for him and he loves it too!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J & M's mom on February 21, 2000
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
This book is cute however the text is nearly identical to E. Carle's "Brown Bear". I returned this book only because we owned the other already.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrick L Murphy on August 24, 2001
Format: Board book
Our son loves this book. In his shorthand he calls it "walking" and asks for it regularly when we sit down to read. I read a review that indicated this book is too similar to "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, etc." but I would disagree. Our son likes them both equally but they do not seem interchangeable to him (or to me for that matter). I would also echo the comment that the child character is appealingly ambiquous and could be either gender. The quality of the illustration and the story presented are delightful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason MIller on October 12, 1999
Format: Board book
A "must have" if you have 8-36 month old!! My 14 month old daughter loves the pics and now knows every animal. Wonderful ending too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Board book
This book was reviewed in a graduate course in reading that I was taking. "I Went Walking" is a predictable print book. Such books are excellent in the very early stages of reading. Children memorize the book as you read it over and over and over again. Repetition the very thing our adult mind questions, children ask for repetition that they need. They learn to "read" you the book even when the book is not there. This stage of memorization is the first stage of reading. The child then moves to recognizing the words. For example, "Is this word 'cow'?" So both kindergarten teachers and parents can use this book. It is good to have a half dozen of these predictable print books at home. (Look up: Dorothy Butler's "My Brown Bear Barney".)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The boy and animals played a game of hide and seek. Terry liked the book because it was colorful.Brandon liked the book because it had the color of the animal before the name of the animal.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ginny C. Ghezzo on May 6, 2005
Format: Board book
We all love this book at home. It is a board book so tough enough for a toddler. It is also fairly short which is great for little attention spans. It talks of animals which are big deals for my little toddler. It adds concepts of colors in a natural way with each animal. The rythmic read lends itself to using two voices which my son loves.

Good book!

G
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