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

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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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Product Details

  • Series: A Voyager/Hbj Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (August 17, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152380116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152380113
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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My 2yr old really enjoys this book. It's a valuable resource for discussing the animals in the book and the colors. We enjoy the repetition and that she can be involved in helping "read" the story. It also offered us a springboard to be more observant during our nature walks, because now our daughter remembers this story and discusses with us what she sees as we walk along. The book is great when paired with Let's Go Visiting by Sue Williams, as well.
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The illustrations are Beautiful, a quality often lacking in affordable board books. The animals are recognizable and lovingly rendered. Delightful, subtle changes occur on each page giving the simple story additional interest and affording opportunities for talking about the story beyond the text alone.The narrative has a nice cadence; when one is faced w/ reading books to a child repeatedly, this is one I actually hope is chosen to be read!
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My youngest toddler loves this book! He can pretend to read it as we are flipping through the pages. Its got wonderful pictures throughout and the rhythms make it easy for word recognition and memorization. I would recommend to any parent with young readers or toddlers
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