- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 550 (What's this?)
- Series: You Can't
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Blue Apple Books; Reprint edition (March 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609054180
- ISBN-13: 978-1609054182
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #940,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You Can't Taste a Pickle With Your Ear Hardcover – March 25, 2014
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From Publishers Weekly
"Your nose, skin, ears, eyes and tongue are working all of the time," notes Ziefert in this whimsical, if somewhat uneven, primer, "even when you are not paying attention to them." Each sense gets its own brief chapter, kicked off with a few well-worn observations or factoids to help readers understand both how the senses work and how they fit into a grander scheme. A spread or two of mildly playful rhymed musings follow ("Worms are soft,/ beetles are hard./ Can you find some/ in your yard?"). But it's Haley's (It's a Baby's World) free-wheeling watercolor-and-ink cartooning and frisky handwritten typography that add jolts of humor and energy. For a full-bleed violet-hued painting showing a boy going to bed ("Do you see shadows on the floor?"), the artist's slightly off-kilter perspective, plus an unperturbed canine companion on the floor, offer readers comic relief and reassurance alongside the elongated shadows. Adults reading with a child will appreciate the chapter conclusions, which offer a list of questions that may well spark discussion: "Do you ever get angry and pretend you can't hear people?" or "When you shut your eyes, what happens to your eyeballs?" Given how much series like The Magic School Bus have upped the ante in the science category, older children may not find much meat here. Preschoolers, however, may develop a new awareness thanks to this book's gentle promptings and Haley's inviting illustrations. Ages 4-7.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3-This clear, humorous look at the five senses will engage young children. Each short chapter focuses on one of the senses, opening with a simple explanation that uses everyday experiences. In the first chapter, the sense of smell is described with a suggestion that readers hold their noses, let go, and discover what they smell. Cartoonlike drawings show a pizza, some blue cheese, and a boy holding his nose. Tidbits of interesting factual information follow, such as "Deer have a very good sense of smell. They can sniff the wind to smell if dangerous animals are near." In each chapter, the pace and tone of the book then change as a fictional rhyming text exuberantly brings a sense to life, for example, "Wind and waves,/Shells and sand,/The salt air smells/Oh, so grand." Finally, each chapter ends with a series of simple questions designed to encourage children to think about how they use their senses every day. Nicely done.
Leslie Barban, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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