Grace Lin, author and illustrator
Grace Lin, a New York Times best-selling author/illustrator, has won the Caldecott Honor for A Big Mooncake for Little Star, the Newbery Honor for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, and the Theodor Geisel Honor for Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same. Her novel When the Sea Turned to Silver was a National Book Award finalist. Grace is a commentator for New England Public Radio, a reviewer for the New York Times, and a video essayist for PBS NewsHour. You can hear her speak about diversity and children's literature in her popular TEDx talk "The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf."
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A girl invites readers to look around the yard for eggs with her.
In this installment of the publisher’s Storytelling Math series, an Asian girl named Mei sets out to gather the eggs. But where are they? Observant readers will be able to spot (almost) all of them in the first spread of the entire yard, but subsequent pages feature close-ups of each egg. “There’s an egg!” The first one is found “next to the watering can.” The next is “behind the flowerpot.” Each egg is described by a word that designates its special relationship to an object. But after the fourth egg is found, Mei asks, “Where should I look next?” It’s not visible…yet! Young readers will be able to find and point to the eggs while caregivers use the positional words to introduce concepts that, according to the endnote, “are important in math, science, and daily life.” Bright, solid colors outlined in black make the illustrations warm and inviting. And while the text is minimal, it still exudes charm and invites interaction. Notes at the end help caregivers understand why these concepts are important and suggest other activities and conversations that help children learn and talk about these ideas.
A simple seek-and-find with math learning for the youngest readers.
In this simple but wonderful book, a young girl notices that her farm chickens have laid eggs and searches for them all over the farm. This book encourages children to use their problem-solving and observational skills as they look for the eggs in each illustration. It also teaches children about what a chicken does when it lays eggs. This book does a great job of helping readers to understand prepositions that go with spatial relations, including under, on top, and more. At the end of the book, the author includes a lesson in spatial relations that parents or caregivers can read with their children. Additional activities provided there encourage readers to engage in with the book or practice their finding skills outside of the book. The activities engage the imagination and lead to more understanding of spatial relations. This book is recommended as one that readers can learn from.
Page count: 16
6 x 6