Saturday, March 31, 2018

Dinos Teach Differences: A Stampede of Dinosaurs: A Clever Opposites Book by Kimberley Farrah, et al

It's a parade, a march, even a stampede, as dinosaurs stomp across the pages, in clusters and squads, huddles and piles, What's going on here?

What is going on is a jolly lesson in comparison, one of those concepts that preschoolers need to master, and these fanciful dinosaurs arrange themselves into groups for that purpose. Three dinos become a tall squad, the opposite of a pile of short, sleeping dinos. Some dinos climb, while some slide down.

Slow dinosaurs plod along, Fast dinos pass in a flurry of blurry speed.

Picture Fit Board Books: A Stampede of Dinosaurs: An Opposites Book (Priddy Books/St. Martin's Press, 2017) has a lot going on in pursuit of the vocabulary to describe the concept of opposites. In addition to the usual terms like big and small, new words such as cluster and huddle are also introduced visually, as well as concrete matches that come in the raised figures of each different group of dinosaurs which just happen to fit into niches in their opposing pages. This tactile-stimulating board book with some enticing characters intends to teach an abstraction, the mental concept of opposites which depends on recognizing salient differences, one way humans frame the way they see their world. This little board book can help with the process.

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