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Follow the Line Hardcover – May 4, 2006

4.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Kindergarten-Grade 2 Follow the line, indeed, as it loops, curves, and winds across cityscapes, landscapes, buildings, animals, trees, sky, and water from early-morning traffic to night. Each deep-hued page encourages a counting of images printed over a busy, endless black line as it outlines figures (and faces) in a succession of graphics imprinted with complementary color shadings. The line simply propels readers on to the next image, question, and page, e.g., How many striped shirts can you count? How many traffic cones can you count? How many cars have their headlights on? An entrancing counting game with a search through detailed art, this title doubles as a vocabulary builder for the youngest readers and includes shapes, colors, and patterns in the search. Following the creative loops and squiggles of the line is entertaining in itself. Ideal for one-on-one sharing. Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
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"Harold and his purple crayon have nothing over Ljungkvist, who takes young readers along on a journey from morning to night, from city to sea to village, through page-filling scenes composed, by and large, with one continuous line. As child-friendly as it is technically sophisticated, this will appeal to counters and crayon-wielders alike." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (May 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670060496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670060498
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Is it bad that the first thing I thought when I picked up this title was, "Oh! An Etch-a-Sketch book". I can be forgiven for this. After all, when a book's gimmick is identical to that of a beloved childhood toy, you're automatically going to associate the two together. And, I might add, to the book's advantage. If everyone that picks up, "Follow the Line" gets the same warm fuzzy feeling they get when they think of playing with their Etch-a-Sketches, it'll be justly deserved. This is a rather amusing little title with an equally amusing premise that's bound to be read over and over again by a certain segment of the child population.

The book actually begins with its cover. Starting with a line that begins at the bottom of the "F" in the title, "Follow The Line", a single white stripe spells out all the letters against a deep black background and then goes off the side of the cover. The line moves across the bookflap, onto the endpapers, around the publication information on the title page, and with a flip we suddenly find ourselves in a city. Buildings, windows, steps, etc. are created by a single sinuous line alongside a brightly colored setting. As we follow the streak we encounter questions about the number of flowers or TV antennas around. When the line escapes off the page, we too escape and find ourselves now creating faces and people and babies and dogs. The book continues in this manner throughout. The line never breaks or cheats and following it means twisting, turning, plummeting, and soaring according to the illustrator's whims. Finally, at the end, the line leaps across the endpapers, onto the bookflap, and to the words, "The End", situated on the book's back cover. Simultaneously exhausting and exhilarating.
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Laura Ljungkvist is a wonderful author/illustrator, and she has outdone herself with her third book, Follow the Line. I highly recommend that all parents include this book in their home libraries. I always buy books for children's occasions, and this is the book I keep on hand to give any child because it appeals to all. The narrative follows in the tradition of Margaret Wise Brown's classics. The words are simple and elicit conversation between child and reader. The pictures are graphic, simple and bright, and they captivate even the youngest children. Older children enjoy "following the line". With imaginative and innovative illustration, this book is a technical feat. Follow the Line will introduce early readers to the concept of following the stories left to right, through the pages, to the end. Children will gain pre-reading skills and not even be aware of it. Buy this book, enjoy this book, and give this book.
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This was a fun interactive book with a simple story. Each page forced us to look at all the details and answer the questions. Simple pleasing line drawings made our eyes hunt for hats and count them, or how many faces are there, how many faces had freckles, etc. It made the children think about the question and look carefully at the pictures to find the answers. This book lead us to count, and discover answers to questions about how to know from a drawing that lights are on or off, the difference between stripes and solids and many other conversation starters for children.
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WOW! This is a book that will inspire and intrigue students to "follow the line." It's not just any line; it is a line that has a life of its own. After reading the book aloud to my students, it has not been back on the shelf! The children are amazed that it is one very complex line throughout the book that includes people and objects and animals. The added questions are like "I Spy." Older students in grade 4 are practicing their "cursive" with one line. Others wrote a book about biomes and illustrated it with just one line! There are any number of activities you can follow up with after reading this book. My students absolutely love it. Laura Ljungkvist is a gifted illustrator and a talent to watch. This book is unique and a real treat!
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I agree completely with the Kirkus and SLJ reviews above. This is a special book. It engages you in several ways at once, with words and pictures and questions and activities. It'll be read again and again.

I also like it because each page could hang in in the Museum of Modern Art, and probably will one day.

How many gold stars are there? Five!
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By Vito on February 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am a graphic designer and was blown away with ideas and an illustrations in this beautifuly imagined and designed book. Each spread contains riddles to get your child excercise and develop observing and counting skills. A gem.
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I love the concept of this book (a single line travels through all the pages from a city through the ocean to the woods to a country house) but just am not wowed with the execution. There's too much detail on each page for my 2 year old son to understand that it's a single line (or for me to be able to follow it with my finger to show him), and the color schemes are a little odd (particularly the stop lights which are blue and pink). Might be better for a somewhat older child, or really just appreciated by parents. But, I give it 4 stars because the illustrations are really cute, and my son loves counting the tiny fire hydrants, looking for the snails, and finding the babies that aren't asleep at the end of the story!
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