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Nov 26 2019

I see, I see by R. Henderson

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Allen and Unwin, 2019. ISBN: 9781760524746.
(Age: 4+) Highly recommended. Themes: Perspective, Senses, Sight. Two or more people sharing this book will gain a lot of pleasure working together. The book asks them to sit opposite each other and read the book in a particular way, so giving each reader a different perspective of what is on the page. The author has very cleverly used words and images that when turned upside down, mean the opposite. So when one view says, I see full, when the page is turned the text says, I see empty, while the image of a glass of liquid looks full or empty depending on which way it is viewed.
It is most enlightening, looking at the same thing from a different perspective, and will encourage children to share their points of view to help them understand that how you see something is entirely your own perspective and others will differ. It is full of fun and whimsy, and will encourage sharing and discussion as the book is read.
From the endpapers with their green or is that blue arrows, to the last page which to some is the last but to some is the first, the idea of perspective will intrigue and delight younger readers.
Fran Knight

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