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Rain Makes Applesauce by Julian Scheer
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Oct 03, 2010

it was amazing

Critical thinking at its best is discovered with the experience of reading and/or listening to this intriguing picture book. The repetition of language patterns, reminiscent of ages 0-2 year books, and the fascinatingly complex illustrations are used very effectively in stimulating 4-7 year old thinking. Incongruent, impossible statements are made like: “The wind blows backwards all night long and rain makes applesauce. Oh you’re just talking silly talk.” The illustrations inconspicuously show the progression of making applesauce from seed to stove by 4-7 year old children while the larger focus of each illustrated page offers enchanting pictures for each impossibility. The whimsy and the detail in these drawings are mesmerizing! The repetitive word patterns and the visual picture clues encourage beginning readers, ages 4-7, to read this book. The pictures show children interacting with other children in common and unusual forms of play and the “wildness” of the incongruence encourages children to learn about the world, be more independent, perhaps, and to explore the world of their imagination.

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