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Eats by Marthe Jocelyn


by Marthe Jocelyn, Tom Slaughter (Illustrator)

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Jocelyn, M., & Slaughter, T. (2007). EATS. Plattsburgh, NY: Tundra Books.


As a concept book, Eats shares simple images of various animals and a common type of food that beasty eats.

Each page includes an animal pictured with that food labeled according to color codes. There are no complete sentences and if the child recognizes the animal and food chances are good the child will not even need to glance at the text. So, if a teacher is using this book to help with phonics or early literacy, a parent or teacher will have to remind the young reader to slow down and actually look at the words and sound them out.

This is a good book to incorporate the world and nature beyond a child’s familiar home.

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Since all of the words in the text of this picturebook are in lower case, this would be an excellent book to share with students who are just learning to write their letters. It could be used with a child’s first trip to a zoo.

Before reading the book, a teacher could ask about a child’s favorite animals and what he or she knows about said animals. Then based off of the book, a teacher or parent could ask questions about what other animals and foods the child is familiar with, beginning with what he or she likes. A child could be prompted to name some of the locations where the animals live.

The book also incorporates many primary colors so a parent or teacher could ask the child to name the various colors and objects.

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  SJKessel | Sep 7, 2009 |
Young eyes will POP at the vibrant paper cutouts that seem to wiggle across the pages in day-glo colors! This concept book is brillinatly simple, with each page or double-page spread showing a downright huggable-looking animal, the name of the animal, something that the animal eats, and the name of that soon-to-be-nibbled food source. That's all, and yet the premise is so inviting to preschoolers and kindergarteners. Giraffes? What could they eat? Why leaves, of course! A whale? Yes, squid! Young children would thoroughly enjoy making predictions about what each playful animal will enjoy snacking on, and supplying the answer to the last answer to the last page, which shows an ice cream cone and wonders who will eat it. This is an example of a delightful and effective concept book-- children will be so caught up in having fun with the book they won't even realize they're learning about the about the food web, too. No dreary science textbook-esque lessons here! ( )
  LeahvanBelle | Nov 14, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0887768202, Hardcover)

With a fresh cast of animal characters — and what they eat — the creative team of Marthe Jocelyn and Tom Slaughter has produced another work in their award-winning series for very young book and art lovers.

Marthe Jocelyn’s simple concept of matching creatures — familiar and unusual — with their favorite foods is brought to life by the sparkling colors and masterfully cut paper shapes of Tom Slaughter’s illustrations; a first taste of modern art. And the surprise final picture makes a satisfying dessert.

Previous titles have received acclaim from Japan to Denmark, from France to Mexico. Enhancing a child’s visual and verbal vocabulary, Eats makes a joyful addition to the collection.

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Pictures and basic text present animals and what they eat, including worms and apples, giraffes and leaves, and whales and squid.

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2 editions of this book were published by Tundra Books.

Editions: 0887768202, 0887769888

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