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Five for a Little One

Five for a Little One

Spring 2006 Picture Books
Ages: Infant - 5 yrs.
Author: Chris Raschka
Illustrator: Chris Raschka
ISBN: 0689845995
Hardcover Price: $16.95
With a few broad brush strokes and powder puffs of color, Rashka uses a rhyming text and a rounded headed bunny (with a fuzzy body and one fuzzy/one smooth ear) to introduce very young readers to the five senses. Set up in “chapters” (one for each of the senses), the final number is repeated when the little bunny appears with his parents (one fuzzy, the other smooth): “Five for a little one who comes from two...Five senses—just enough—to know the love we have for you.” The faux-naïve artwork is really quite sophisticated; the text is full of surprising rhythms and unexpected rhymes; and the whole may just encourage parents to explore explore explore with their very youngest learners.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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