Sunday, August 30, 2015

Summer Reading 2015 Stickiest, Fluffiest, Crunchiest: Super Superlatives


Jane Brocket's Clever Concepts books combine crystal clear photographs and easy to understand language to introduce various ideas to young readers (numbers, shapes, patterns, etc.). In this installment, she uses luscious photos of foods with vibrant colors to show what superlatives are. Are pineapples the prickliest? Is frosting the fluffiest? As an added way to draw in the reader, Brocket poses questions. "Wibbly, wobbly foods make us laugh," she states. Then she asks, "What is the wobbliest food you like to eat?" The vocabulary used in the text is filled words that are fun to say - wibbly, wobbly, squidgy, gloopy. Some of the items pictured may never have been encountered by readers and could lead to curiosity about trying new fruits or other foods.

This could be used as a read-aloud in a classroom setting to introduce the concept of superlatives, or as an example of the various situations in which such descriptions might be used. For teachers and librarians working with elementary school students, this whole set would be very helpful to have on hand. Fair warning, though - this particular book will make you very hungry!

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. For more information on the series, visit the Clever Concepts page on the publisher's website.

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