Friday, June 6, 2008

Apples & Oranges: Going bananas with pairs by Sara Pinto

Click here to find this book in the Library Catalog!Apples & Oranges: Going bananas with pairs by Sara Pinto

Abstract: Presents pairs of related items, such as an apple and an orange or a bicycle and a motorcycle, and asks why they are similar, while offering unexpected answers.

Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2008.


Teresa said...

My three-year-old and I laughed aloud at the first pair. While he laughed the rest of the way through the book, his laughter was fairly forced. Fun idea but didn't hold through the entire book for me.

Still, it is fun to put predictability on its ear and something fitting for the beginning reader audience.

Anonymous said...

It does become predictably unpredictable by the end. It would be nice if she threw in an expected answer just to throw us off.

Anonymous said...

I thought that this book was cute, and that it is a unique way to introduce the concept of pairs to beginning readers. It is very predictable, but I think it would be enjoyable for young readers because of the outlandish things the pairs of objects have in common. In a classroom, it would be fun to read this book with students and then have them come up with a pair of their own. These could then be combined into a classroom pairs book.

Anonymous said...

This book really surprised me with its first example, however by the end it got a little too preditable and I agree with Teresa that it just doesn't hold all the way through.

Holly B said...

Cute idea for a book. Every time the author mentioned a pair my mind immediately thought of reasons why they were alike that made sense. It was a twist mentioning outrageous ways they were alike by what they didn't do. The text was repetitive, but I felt that was a good aspect for newer readers.

Teachers could use this book to discuss how in reality the pairs are alike and/or different. I particularly enjoyed how the author left the story open at the very end. Teachers could use this for class discussion or a writing prompt.

Overall, I think this was a good book and could have many uses in a classroom.

Anonymous said...

You may think you know how apples and oranges are alike, but the answer in the book is sure going to surprise you! It is sure to surprise young children as well, sending them into fits of giggles. After reading this book aloud during story time, the students could draw pictures of pairs and write (with help from the teacher) how they are alike. The resulting pictures would make a very clever and amusing bulletin board.