Friday, July 25, 2014

Book Review: Cold, Crunchy, Colorful - Using Our Senses, by Jane Brocket

Cold, Crunchy, Colorful: Using Our Senses

I think every elementary science curriculum has a unit on the five senses, and we've done our share of story times with the theme, as well. Why not? So many fun projects you can do! Reading the same books over and over can get old, however. Fortunately, Brocket offers a fresh title to add to the mix. 

While the text follows the basic formula of looking at each of the senses individually, it goes into more detail with them. "Our eyes tell us about colors, patterns, and shapes," for example. The sense of touch is not just limited to hands (one of my pet peeves), but "Our feet also tell us how things feel. If the water is cold. If grass is springy. If socks are cozy." A great springboard for a lesson on adjectives or descriptive writing, as well!

Beautiful, bright photographs complement the text exactly, and make you feel as if you could reach through and touch or taste them for yourself. A great addition to a school or classroom library.

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