Tuesday, June 6, 2017

"Leap" - a bookwrap

Sharing this book will truly make you jump for joy!  



Authored by JonArno Lawson
Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon

Ages 4-7
Grade Levels:  PS-2

Unwrapping some fun illustrations...

About the book...

This fun circular story will put a smile on your face as you read it.  

"A flea asleep/in the deep green moss/ nettled by midges/ wakes up cross, he starts to fidget/ and turn and toss. Lever-legs twitch to...

Let the leaping begin.  It's like a game of leapfrog or tag - the flea to the grasshopper, over to the bunny, next on to the dog, then into the lake startling the fish, frog's turn now, up next is horse and you guessed it.... finally to home base.... back to dog again.  Exhausted and together one more time dog and flea curl up and fall fast asleep. What a workout! Oh my!! 

Written in rhyme and using wonderful, playful, motion words like glide, land, springing, bouncing, lunging, crash, flip, shake, slap, flash, and scramble just to cite a few, the reader is truly involved in the chase.  The vocabulary is rich and the illustrations give visuals that make the words powerful.  Kids will giggle and get involved in the story and may even try some of those moves themselves.  All-in-all it is a book you will enjoy leaps... oops, I mean heaps!  

Storywraps rating - 5 HUGS!!!!! 

About the author...

Born in Hamilton, Ontario and raised in Dundas, JonArno's most formative experiences as a child were the months he spent in Florida at the age of eight. Missing almost an entire year of school (which, luckily, he wasn't forced to repeat), he spent his weekdays at the beach digging holes and collecting sea shells and coconuts, travelling in glass bottom boats and visiting nature parks that had free-roaming monkeys and parrots. He wore a ship captain's hat at all times, and a green pouch on his belt, in which he kept a small golden sword, dozens of ticket stubs, a musket ball, brass souvenir coins that bore the faces of various US presidents, a small British flag he found stuck in his fish and chips one day and other similar treasures (which he still has and enjoys looking at). His formative influences as a writer were mostly songs --- The Gumdrop Follies recordings of Jim Copp and Ed Brown, The Irish Song by Tom Lehrer and The Shape of Things by Sheldon Harnick.
JonArno lives in Toronto with his wife, Amy Freedman, and his three children: Sophie, Asher and Joseph. Sophie and Asher help JonArno by suggesting phrases, topics and entire lines for his poems. Joseph, at three months, is too small to take part in this kind of cottage industry approach at the moment.

About the illustrator...

Award-winning Josée Bisaillon's beautiful mixed-media collage art provides visual motion and energy in tune with the rhyming narrative. This is a perfect book for a dynamic read-aloud sure to invite active listening. It's also just the right combination of engaging story and art that will encourage pre-readers to repeat the fun and silly story all on their own. Small children are fascinated by leaping creatures, making this an enjoyable exploration of animal behaviors and habitats from pond to field, with seven different leaping animals in all.

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