Thursday, March 18, 2010

Gossie Plays Hide and Seek

Each time Gossie returns, I enjoy her just a little more!

Dunrea, Olivier.
Gossie Plays Hide and Seek.
February 2010.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

Gossie returns to play hide-and-seek with her friends in this flap, tab, sniff and squeak adventure! As the hunt begins, Gossie quickly finds Gertie, Peedie, and BooBoo. However, finding Ollie provides to be more difficult than anyone could imagine! Gossie and the other goslings search high and low, peeking under a hay bin, among the flowers, among the apples, through the grass, under flowerpots, in a beehive, under the hens, and under the water before finding him, in an almost perfectly-camouflaged hiding spot!

This book is perfect for young children who are just beginning to show an interest in reading, as children will take delight in exploring their senses with the lift-the-flap pages, pull tabs, touch and feel pages and even the scented pages! The book is great fun and will easily engage the youngest of readers!

Learning/Reading Activity:
  • The back cover of the book includes a two-page game board that can be used with up to four players. The game would help children practice counting skills and following directions.
  • Discuss what it means to "camouflage" and why camouflage is important to some animals and how it can be helpful during the game of hide-and-seek! An activity worksheet to reinforce this concept can be downloaded here.

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