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Mar 06 2017

The ABC book of places to go by Helen Martin and Judith Simpson

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Ill. by Cheryl Orsini. ABC Books, 2017. ISBN 9780733334283
(Age: 3-6) Recommended. The new addition to the ABC picture book non-fiction series explores all the places families love, from the backyard, library, to faraway lands. There are 'all kinds of different places, some you know and some are new.'
Helen Martin and Judith Simpson's easy to read verses use familiar words, alliteration and animal sounds as the text flows up and down or follows the curves of paths travelled. The story is fun to read aloud, and to share as a family, discussing each scene, the different ages, lifestyles and situations presented.
Cheryl Orsini's lively scenes are bright and colourful, while different characters, from young to old and family groups, make the story visually appealing. The scenes are presented from different viewpoints, above the action - bird's eye views, the medical centre's open walls, the close-ups and picture maps.
The ABC Book of Places to Go is an excellent resource for Foundation Geography, where students learn about familiar places and build connections to them.
Rhyllis Bignell

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