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PreS—Thirteen short action poems encourage children to play with language and to express themselves in play. A photo of a white duck swimming is paired with the rhyme: "Jump in and paddle/webbed feet can dabble./Splishing and splashing and waddling say…/Quack!" Below it is an image of a child playing in the tub with a rubber duck. An illustration of a picket fence missing one of its posts accompanies the rhyme: "Tongue gives a wiggle,/tooth gives a wriggle./Grin with a gap as you say peekaboo./Smile!" The picture depicts a baby showing his teeth while a preschooler looks at his missing tooth in a mirror. Preschoolers will enjoy looking at the beautiful color photographs, listening to the poetry, and mimicking the actions. A great choice to encourage parents to interact with their children in imaginative-play activities.—Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH
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Preschoolers will enjoy looking at the beautiful color photographs, listening to the poetry and mimicking the actions. A great choice to encourage parents to interact with their children in imaginative-play activities. (Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH School Library Journal 2009-12-01)

(starred review) Hilb's charming colour pencil pictures are paired with bold photographs... All of the words are carefully chosen, and the sharp photographs, most of them taken specifically for the book, are without exception striking. Hilb's drawings show happy children in every attitude of play. Whether you consider Wiggle Giggle Tickle Train poetry or story, this would be an excellent book for one-to-one sharing with a toddler, promoting lots of discussion about the activities depicted and the differences between the photos and the drawings. It could also be used in a group setting because, with all of its sound effects, it is custom made for a lively library or daycare storytime. Recommended. (Ellen Heaney Canadian Materials 2009-11-13)

Overall this is an attractive book that incorporates a little learning and lots of ways to engage and amuse small children. Highly recommended. (Sandy Campbell The Deakin Review of Children's Literature 2012-09-24)

This book will appeal to all four- to eight-year-old stone-loving children and will speak to the hearts of their parents. (Lisa Dalrymple Canadian Children's Book News)

Readers of all ages will enjoy following Abby's crazy antics and appreciate the humour and heart of this story. (Megan Sorenson CM Reviews 2012-11-16)

This book will appeal to all four- to eight-year-old stone-loving children and will speak to the hearts of their parents. (Lisa Dalrymple Canadian Children's Book News 2012-09-01)

Tsiang portrays the life cycle of imagination with a deft touch; Leng's pictures capture both mirth and motion. Lovely. (Kirkus Reviews 2012-09-15)

This is a simple yet profound story of a child and her vivid imagination. (C.J. Connor School Library Journal 2012-12-01)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Annick Press (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554512107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554512102
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,056,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A preschooler's day is filled with imaginative play, alone or with friends. They can "play" choo-choo, imagine the duck in the tub is real, pretend to race those cars around curves in the road, and use Daddy as a horse. "Giddy-up! Giddy-up!" It's fun to look at a missing tooth, pretend to fly like a bird or a plane, it's easy to splash water on the floor when feeding the dog, and it's extra fun to celebrate a birthday and blow out the candles. A box can be a ship on the sea and a stick can be a horse. "Clippety-cloppety-clipety-clop." If you cover a chair with a blanket, you have an instant house. Pretending can be a lot of fun and there are so many ways to do it!

"Hold on to the saddle,
pony might prance.
Bucking and frisky, he's roaming the ranch.
GIGGY-UP!"

This adorable little book combines adorable watercolors and photographs to illustrate the preschooler's infinite imagination. I loved how each time a child or children imagined something during their playtime a concrete example of it was illustrated photographically on an accompanying page. For example, when a little boy was glancing in a mirror at his missing front teeth the opposite page showed a picture of a picket fence minus one picket. The rhythmical text makes this book fun to read and would be a delightful book to read during circle or story time!
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Ever notice that the most beloved playthings in your home aren't those that offer close-ended play opportunities (branded dolls for example), but rather every-day items that lend themselves to a variety of imaginary scenarios? Children seize the most mundane articles in order to recreate the world around them through play, which is indeed the work of a child.

Wiggle Giggle Tickle Train captures and celebrates this tender developmental stage by interspersing colorful photographs of life alongside soft illustrations of children relating to those images through play. Sharon Jennings' rhyming text uses action-filled words to describe these flights of fancy.

Jennings' rhyming scheme is not always uniform throughout the book, however, and sometimes the rhyming words are a bit of a stretch, "fast" and "laugh" for example. Due to this, the rhyming stanzas on each page aren't as rhythmic or engaging as they could be.

There can be no doubt, however, that the delicate artwork of Wiggle Giggle Tickle Train appeals to preschoolers. From the moment my three-year-old spotted the cover she cried, "Can we get that book mommy?" Nora Hilb's cheerful watercolor and colored pencil illustrations of children engaged in common acts of creative play resonate and appeal to all of the children in our home.

My toddler loves to sit on my knee as I read her this charming title, and I even find my six-year-old peeking over at the book from time to time, taking delight from the depictions of common childhood play. My little ones don't seem as interested in the words I'm reading to them as much as they are captivated by the sight of a variety of children of varying genders, skin tones, and sizes immersed in the world of play.
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