A bilingual early concept book from the author of Eating Fractions helps children figure out whether to see, touch, smell, taste, or hear as two young islanders take them on a sunny Caribbean adventure of the senses.
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PreSchool-Grade 2-An exquisite treat. What Aliki has presented in text and sketches in My Five Senses (HarperCollins, 1991), McMillan has made into a game through his brilliant full-color photographs. Set on the Caribbean island Culebra, Sense Suspense features two young islanders using their senses to explore a variety of foods, plants, animals, shells, and musical instruments. Like Tana Hoban's Look! Look! Look! (1988) and Take Another Look (1981, both Greenwillow), McMillan focuses first on a small part, and then changes perspective to include the whole object. Children are supposed to first guess what it is, and then identify which sense reacts most powerfully. The instructions for using the book appear at the end, and readers are assured that there are no incorrect answers. Several words and phrases appear in both English and Spanish, but the directions and information on Culebra are in English only. A sound, satisfying choice.
Christina Dorr, Calcium Primary School, NY
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Ages 4-6. Using photographs taken on the Caribbean island of Culebra, McMillan creates what he calls a "concept game." Children are invited to guess what object a close-up picture represents and then to turn the page to find the answer. For example, brightly colored swirls turn out to be part of a lollipop enjoyed by a little boy. Logos for the five senses appear on the double-page spreads, challenging children to determine which senses are likely to be used in relation to the pictured object. Possible answers, in both English and Spanish (with transliteration), are presented on a concluding double-page spread, and the words on back of the jacket are in Spanish. Also included are a thumbnail portrait of the island and a description on how best to use the game. Because some of the close-ups are fairly difficult to guess (a steel drum, a conch shell), this may be most successful as a portrait of Culebran (and Caribbean) life. Mary Harris Veeder
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Descripción Scholastic Trade, 1994. Library Binding. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110590479040