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Black? White! Day? Night! - A Book of Opposites by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
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Oct 02, 08

bookshelves: lis565, picture-books
Read in October, 2008

Picture book
Concept - opposites
Intended audience or age - preschool/early elementary

Each die-cut page features a word, shown in the illustration. Lift the flap, and it's opposite is shown. The original view through the die-cut area becomes part of the antonym's illustration.

This lift-the-flap book is a perfect introduction to the concept of opposites or antonyms, and it could work for children on a variety of levels. Younger children would enjoy the bold illustrations and the reveal as the flap is lifted. The book also works as a guessing game for children learning opposites, or for beginning readers who would appreciate the high ratio of graphics to text.

The focus is really on the illustrations and the concept, rather than the text or any story. If the the illustrations weren't so clever, the concept-heavy format might be a little dull for children. As it is, lifting the flap, guessing the opposite, and identifying how the two illustrations use the same elements is so stimulating that the story wouldn't be missed. The flaps are reasonably sturdy, and hinged across the top, but it requires some dexterity to manipulate the pages.

Also reviewed by School Library Journal and Booklist, both starred reviews. Both describe and praise the format and provide a clear picture of the books strengths.
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Sarah Evans Your review gives a strong sense of what it is like to view this book. Good work.


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