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Slither Slide, What's Outside? Paperback – January 19, 2012
Slither, Slide, What's Outside? gives parents ideas and encourages them to use interactive child-led play. (C. Hopkins Open Book Toronto 2012-06-19)
It is rare to find a book so suitable for very young children--one that doesn't talk down to them, encourages early literacy development, and sparks imagination, while at the same time appealing to adults and reinforcing the notion that nature, and the fun it inspires, is everywhere. (Sarah Sorensen Quill and Quire)
Whether they're experiencing the freshness of their own created summer drizzle, or respond to the call of geese flying south, there are boundless ways children can interact with or respond to the world in wonderfully imaginative ways. (Ken Kilback Resource Links)
Watercolor illustrations and photographs combined with rhyming text portray the wonder of the outdoors through the seasons..... Listeners are likely to enjoy the juxtaposition of high-quality nature photos and painted vignettes that show how kids interact with nature and one another. (Lindsay Persohn School Library Journal 2012-07-01)
This book encourages creative play, and, in the process, children will learn about colours, shapes, sizes and patterns. (CM 2012-05-18)
Why we like it: This book presents cute rhymes about various sounds and sights of the four seasons as seen through the perspective of two young children at play. Photographs supplement the text and illustrations give authenticity to the whimsical nature of the book. (National Parenting Publications Award Honors)
About the Author
Nora Hilb is the award-winning illustrator of many books for children, including Leo's Tree and Sophie's Wheels. She lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Simon and Sheryl Shapiro are the husband-and-wife team who wrote Better Together. They live in Toronto.
Top Customer Reviews
Cool down summer heat.
Slip out of the spray with wet hands and feet.
In this charming book for preschoolers, vibrant photographs combine with delightful illustrations and bouncy, fun-to-read rhymes that will inspire children to use their imagination to transform into play what they see in the natural world.
Slither Slide, What's Outside? Well, for one thing a veritable toy store and imagination station. Each spread has a photograph of something in nature: swaying tree, slithering worm, rollicking river, and a far-reaching rainbow. Each picture show the reader what the boy and girl see (no names), and become inspired to create play together. Ice covered tree limbs inspire the children to ice skate on frozen ice. A waterfall inspires two children to make their own waterfall, one of them becoming the base of the lake below.
Along with the photograph, which encompasses the entire left page of a spread, the right page has colorful, sometimes humorous, children playing out the inspiration the nature they see around them. To enhance the picture book small children will enjoy, is a four line poem, always ending in a one-word exclamation of joy.
The blustery wind
That blows in from the west--
For windmills and pinwheels, it's really the best.
I really love this happy picture book and the way it inspires playful creativity. Slither Slide, What's Outside? meant for preschoolers, but I think any child willing to move to his right-brain will find the freedom of thought and movement each page challenges its readers to enjoy. The poetry is fast, fun, exudes excitement and joy, and is something that adults will not get tired of reading to their little ones.Read more ›
The illustrations of the kids playing are quite charming. On the opposite page is a real photograph of the topic being discussed. I like the realistic aspect, which is so important for kids who are at a concrete age. The illustrations give the impression of imagination, which is required to interact with nature in the same way that these children do. It would make for a good lesson on the seasons. Children can try to mimic the pictures and even create their own version of the book.
I received a complimentary set of galleys in exchange for my honest review of this title.
* I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
This book is entertaining for children and grownups alike. There are beautiful photographs that accompany colorful illustrations on every page. The rhythmic captions that go with the pictures flow easy and are fun for the children.
Lilly and I loved the pictures; they were amazing but fit right in with the illustrations. The stars and rainbow pages were our favorites. This book would be enjoyed by children between the ages of 2 and 5. I also think this book would be a good early reader for children.
Overall Lilly and I enjoyed this book and give it 4 Stars.
Nature scenes showing things outside that you can slither up or
can slide up.
Favorite scene is of the wind turbines all lined up on a snowy day
for miles on end.
Pictures of animals, nature scenes, plants and trees.
These pictures give the child a tool to use so they can imagine
things that go along with the picture.