Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe

Good Day Dearest Readers,
The Queen here with a fun book for our youngest knights to help them learn about shapes and patterns. Zebra Stripes Go Head To Toe by Sheryl and Simon Shapiro focuses on stripes and squares and is a companion to Lady Bugs Have Lots of Spots.  The pictures are colorful, the prose rhyming and easy for youngsters to follow along.

Check out the activities below to add to the fun.
Happy Reading,
The Queen


Book Title: Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe
Authors: Sheryl and Simon Shapiro                                                                                                             

Book Information:

Publisher and date: Annick Press (July 30, 2013)
Reading level: 3 - 5 years
Book Info: Library Binding: 24 pages
Genre: Children's picture book - nonfiction
ISBN-13: 978-1554515813

Book Theme:
Squares, shapes, stripes, lines

Book Summary
This little book shows children
That squares are here and there.
And if they keep an eye out, 
then stripes are everywhere.

A perfect companion to Ladybugs Have Lots of Spots, the fun, simple text and vibrant design of Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe explore the concept of squares and stripes. Using words such as "cube," "block," "line," and "band," short poems encourage readers to spot the similarities (and differences) between the shapes of the stripes on a zebra and a colored striped sock, for example, or between a square soda cracker and cubes of cheese.
Whether paired with Ladybugs Have Lots of Spots or read independently, this innovative book is a great way to introduce the concept of shapes to young children.

Activity Adventures:

Young Readers:
Go on a square and stripe scavenger hunt. Give prizes to the one or team who finds the most. Make a collage with your found items. Take the game outdoors with a camera and take pictures of striped and square items like the authors did. Make your own book. 

Crafty Ideas:
Print a picture of a stripe-less zebra. Have children glue black yarn or cut paper to make stripes.

Cut out several colorful square pieces of paper and have children make objects with the squares such as houses, cars, animals, ect.

Writing Prompts:
Turn their projects into a book and have children write sentences about their creations.

Discussion Questions:
Talk about where else we might find squares and stripes in the world.

Authors Arena

Sheryl and Simon Shapiro are the husband-and-wife team who wrote the rhyming picture books Better Together and Slither, Slide, What's Outside. They live in Toronto, Ontario.

When Sheryl and Simon Shapiro met over 35 years ago in South Africa (where they were born and grew up), they had very different interests. Simon had studied subjects like applied mathematics and physics, and worked as a computer programmer. Sheryl had studied print-making and oil painting and worked as an art teacher. Over the years, their lives—and their interests—changed. Simon took up photography as a hobby, learning about color and composition, and now loves visiting art galleries. Sheryl became an art director and book designer, and now spends all day, every day, using a computer.
They have other things in common like enjoying music, movies, theater, reading, and spending time with their son Stephen who has written four books for Annick Press. They also discovered that they liked writing humorous rhymes for special occasions. When the opportunity came up to write a book together, they jumped at the chance.
Bio taken from Annick Press website

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