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My big barefoot book of wonderful words
Fatus, Sophie, author.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Barefoot Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Follow a bustling family through their busy day. The story unfolds through simple header sentences and bright detailed illustrations.
General Note:
"Over 700 words to lean & share"--Cover page 4.
Format :


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Audubon Library J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Oversize
Clarence Library J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Kenmore Library J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Orchard Park Library J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Follow a bustling family through their busy day! Each scene is teeming with people, places and things, and you'll meet people of all races, cultures, lifestyles and abilities as you go.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This large-format picture book illustrates hundreds of vocabulary words for children who are learning to speak or to read. The double-page spreads feature bright, cheerful paintings of individual objects as well as broader scenes depicting everyday life and, occasionally, fantasy elements. Opening with a cutaway view of a house in the early morning, the lightly fictional narrative follows a family through a busy day, stopping along the way for viewers to observe and discuss matters such as the variety of vegetables in the family garden, or the people and equipment at a construction site. While word books have a venerable history, this one stands out because of the inclusiveness represented in its illustrations. The Let's get dressed! page includes a dashiki, a sari, and a kimono as well as a T-shirt, a skirt, and a tracksuit. More important, the biracial family's community is culturally diverse and accepting of its members' varied backgrounds, choices, and abilities. An enjoyable choice for reading aloud one-on-one.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Inviting acrylic-and-pencil cartoons introduce more than 700 words within the context of such familiar environments as a park, library, and market. A spread featuring the people and businesses on a busy street precedes one devoted to various professions: "Sam wants to be a chef. What do you want to be when you grow up?" Tiny portraits of dozens of workers include a bus driver, artist, reporter, and arborist. Later, the park scene leads to an overview of emotions: "Everyone in the park looks happy and relaxed. How do you think these children feel?" A friendly and diverse cast of characters helps create a book with broad appeal, as well as plentiful whimsical details to examine. Ages 2-6. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Fashioned in word-book style, this loosely constructed "story" follows a busy Palabra family, including their pets Crunchy the crocodile and Zanzibar the cat. On colorful spreads, readers view the family members' various interactions from sunrise to sunset. For example, the book opens with "It's morning time at our house. The birds are chirping. Wake up, everyone!" The illustration is a cross-section of the house, introducing the characters and showing everyone waking up, getting dressed, and getting ready for the day. Vocabulary words are incorporated into the art and provide details of their house-kitchen, back door, porch light. Trips to the garden, market, library, and more are included along with more open-ended, direct address spreads that ask readers to decide, "What would you like to wear today?" and choose from clothing options such as salwar kameez, dashiki, kimono, or pink party dress. Another spread states, "Sam wants to be a baker. What do you want to do when you grow up?" Although inclusive of many cultures, this diverse word book lacks a glossary or back matter to assist readers with items they might not be familiar with, like a dream catcher, sari, or solar panels. An additional purchase.-Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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