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A Stick Until... Paperback – June 30, 2017
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A stick is just a stick until . . . an elephant turns it into a flyswatter, an alligator uses it to catch prey, or a child uses a stick as a toy. Constance Anderson (Smelling Sunshine) shows readers how a simple stick can become a tool or a toy in this enjoyable look at the many uses animals and people can find for sticks. Creative uses of sticks range from chimpanzees catching tasty treats to birds attracting mates. A fun book to read to an inquisitive child or for use in a classroom, A Stick Until . . . shows the wonders of nature and the joy of imagination.
About the Author
Constance Anderson is the illustrator and writer of the children s picture book Smelling Sunshine, a story about one world doing an ordinary chore of hanging laundry (Star Bright Books, 2013). Her newest picture book, A Stick Until..., follows a stick on its transformational journey as a tool (Star Bright Books, July, 2017). Her writing reflects her interest in connecting people to one another, and to the environment.
Constance often combines paint and paper in her narrative images, a process reminiscent of hours spent as a child making paper dolls and the stories that went with them. Her illustrations have appeared throughout the San Diego Zoo, in science journals, cookbooks, and children s magazines, and at California galleries and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay area where she volunteers at the environmental educational organization, Audubon Canyon Ranch.
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This book shows the reader not only how humans but animals incorporate a simple stick into their lifestyle. It showcases an Asian elephant using a stick (with some leaves attached to it) swatting away flies, a chimpanzee using it for a spoon, a great male egret presenting a stick he finds to a female and upon accepting it they nest together (ahhhhh), children using a stick to draw in the sand on a beach and one enabling them to play a hoop game, just to cite a few.
The illustrations are vibrant and colourful, catching and keeping kids engaged with the narrative from beginning to end. The author contributes additional information to deepen the understanding of inquiring curious minds. I love the book and highly recommend.
There’s a section of this book that was the way I thought it was going to be throughout, following one stick through various uses as it is passed on from one creature to the next (alligator uses it as bait, egret uses it as a gift during the breeding season, then the egret uses it in a nest, and then it blows away in a storm until it washes ashore and is used as a toy with a dog). BUT that isn’t the way things flow through the entire book and it therefore felt a bit lopsided. The first part was ok but that pattern was broken when the smoother flow came along, and then the pattern is changed again when the further information is dropped on each page. I think it would’ve been much better if one format was followed throughout. The illustrations are attractive. This could’ve been great. As it is, it does survey a host of different and interesting ways a stick can be used and has some good info, but it seems like it could have used one more editing round.
I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Absolutely delightful! Attractive, entertaining, informative. Love it!
"A stick is a branch of a tree until . . . it is a fly swatter . . . until it is a walking cane . . . until"
[My Goodreads review includes a picture with the following caption:
Picture of a baby elephant with a big elephant who plucks a leafy branch and brushes its face.]
The beautiful pictures illustrate how different animals use a stick, whether it's as a tool to poke down a hole to collect termites (chimpanzees, courtesy of Jane Goodall's research, which is credited), as 'bait' balanced on the nose of a crocodile to tempt water birds to alight (yikes!), or as a way for a heron to entice a mate to join him in building a nest together.
Wonderful illustrations with simple headings and additional information for older readers or an adult to explain more about the animal's use.
The end of the book has further information as well. Great!
Thanks to NetGalley and Star Bright Books for the copy for review. Can't recommend it highly enough!
In this story, the reader has the opportunity to follow the life cycle of a stick. From a necessity to a tool to shelter to fun -- a stick serves many purposes. Constance Anderson couples with the story of the stick facts related to the animals and their uses of a stick so that the reader can see the connection between her story and real life. The illustrations of the animals and their habitats are glorious. They inspire not only admiration but questions and conversation.
I really enjoyed this book. It's a great way to talk about perspective and how different people (and animals) perceive various objects.
Recommended for ages 3-7.