Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Spring Reading 2018 Poco and Moco Are Twins


This fun and interactive book uses "fold-outs, cut-outs, and other special features" to engage young readers. These two sheep are twins and have many things in common, but also have their differences. One is a boy, one a girl, one is messy while the other is neat, etc. The page showing that one is chubby and the other is thin has illustrations of the twins standing in their socks and underwear, with wool only covering their heads. Other pages show them playing hide and seek, climbing trees, and playing in the bathtub. The spread of the tower they make with building blocks has the reader turn the book sideways to appreciate how tall the tower is.

This might work better as a book in a family home or public library rather than in a school setting. This is due to the pages that tell the gender of the twins. The illustrations show Poco standing on a stool in front of the toilet, with an arc of dotted lines to signify that he is using the bathroom. Moco is shown seated on the toilet. Some families are very sensitive about the privacy of bathroom activities and might be upset about these illustrations, even though no body parts are shown. Teachers and librarians know their community and can make the decision that will best serve their students.

It is a colorful and entertaining book. The flaps and other features add an element of play to the reading, and the activities of the two little sheep are very familiar to children. The point that twins do not have exactly the same preferences or talents is shown in various ways, while readers can also see how they may be alike.

A good read for preschool and early elementary children. I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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