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I Hear a Pickle: (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!) by Rachel Isadora | SLJ Review

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I Hear a Pickle by Rachel IsadoraredstarISADORA, Rachel. I Hear a Pickle: (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!). illus. by Rachel Isadora. 32p. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Jan. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399160493.

PreS-Gr 1 –Isadora provides a sensory tour of early childhood, exploring common sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures. Each “chapter” consists of a number of simple declarative sentences matched with colorful ink and watercolor vignettes to capture what the children are experiencing or have learned not to try. For example, three vignettes on one page accompany the statements “I touch the sand. I make a castle. I touch the rain. I don’t touch the cactus.” Similarly, “I taste the pretzel. Salty! I taste the hot dog. Yum! I wait to taste the oatmeal. It is still hot!” The artist’s trademark style is perfectly suited to depict the child-focused activities of these diverse, expressive, and engaging tots. As the title suggests, she uses a pickle to tie it all together for a sour, spicy, slippery, crunchy, green treat. VERDICT Preschoolers and their caregivers will devour this oversize title and come back for more.–Luann Toth, School Library Journal

This review was published in the School Library Journal January 2016 issue.

Luann Toth About Luann Toth

Luann Toth (ltoth@mediasourceinc.com) is Managing Editor of SLJ Reviews. A public librarian by training, she has been reviewing books for a quarter of a century and continues to be fascinated by the constantly evolving, ever-expanding world of publishing.

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