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published: Feb 2011
ISBN:9781554512782
publisher: Annick Press

Better Together

by Simon Shapiro & Sheryl Shapiro, illustrated by Dusan Petricic

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list price: $8.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
published: Feb 2011
ISBN:9781554512782
publisher: Annick Press
Description

Mix anything together and who knows what you’ll get.

You may create something wonderfully different! Water and flour make a sticky paste perfect for arts and crafts. And what can be better than mixing sugar, milk and butter to produce yummy fudge? With simple words and vivid illustrations, this series of 13 fun and bouncy poems illustrates the concept of combining things. Mixing blue and yellow paint to make green is probably familiar to most children, but who thinks of music as being the result of mixing the sounds of instruments? Or a sports team as the combination of many players with different strengths? Young children will love listening to these funny poems while learning about a simple, but important, concept.

About the Authors
Simon Shapiro has co-written five books for Annick Press, including Better Together and Slither, Slide, WhatÕs Outside? This is his first book of non-fiction for older readers. Simon lives in Toronto.
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Simon Shapiro has co-written five books for Annick Press, including Better Together and Slither, Slide, WhatÕs Outside? This is his first book of non-fiction for older readers. Simon lives in Toronto.
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Duan Petricic’s brilliant illustrations have appeared around the world in newspapers, magazines and award-winning picture books including The Truth About Wind, SNAP!, The Man With the Violin, Mattland, and My Toronto. Duan lives in Zemun, Serbia.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
0
Grade:
p to 12
Reading age:
7 to 18
Awards
  • Joint winner, TD Summer Reading Club Recommended Reads List
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Joint winner, First and Best List, Toronto Public Library
Editorial Reviews

“Petricic’s colorful cartoon illustrations communicate the actions and emotions of each poem, often extending the story beyond the text.”

— Booklist

“The concept is terrific and the illustrations similarly sublime.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“A simple rhyming scheme . . . plus word choices that kids will appreciate make the poems accessible.”

— School Library Journal

“The mix of vivid illustrations and energetic text has created a fun book that both kids and parents will enjoy.”

— The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature, 07/11

“Young students will be easily engaged by the colourful and vibrant drawings.”

— Professionally Speaking, 09/11

“While intended to be funny, the poems are also great at encouraging and fostering creative thought. The illustrations are fabulous, and only serve to enhance the humour of the text.”

— Words by Mom, 05/19/11

“This book is an excellent vehicle for teaching children cause and effect . . . it inspires my daughter to ask questions.”

— Edwards Magazine Book Club, 06/11

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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Better Together

Children and mixtures go together like water and dirt. There are all kinds of mixtures, ones for which we “stir and squoosh” the ingredients together, ones for which we “squish and moosh” them, and others for which we “mingle, blend, and mix” them. What’s exciting is when something new is created. Sugar, heated milk and butter make silky-looking fudge that is just begging to be tastetested. Mixing flour and a splash of water comes in handy when we need a sticky substance for our craft project. Rubbing and scrubbing with soap and water gets the dirty puppy clean and also creates a lot of fun bubbles; we just need to watch out for the boy who wants to dry the dog by putting it through the spin cycle.

While most of the mixtures in the book involve tangible items that can be mixed together in some way, a few of them, such as music, are purposely abstract. A two-stanza poem, both stanzas having four lines, accompanies each mixture. The beat is strong throughout, the rhythm natural and bouncy, the writing humorous and engaging. Petričić’s pen-and-ink illustrations are wonderful, filled with wit and whimsy. The result, of course, when text and illustrations are mixed “just so,” as they are here, is the creation of something wherein both are better together.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2011. Volume 34 No. 3.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Better Together

What do you get when you mix a bunch of funny poems and imaginative artwork? A book about mixtures! In this book the concept of combining things to create something new is explored. Children will learn how to mix ingredients to make fudge or cinnamon toast, mix two colours to make a third colour and even how to combine a bunch of instruments to make a band.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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