Reviews for What Is Part This, Part That?

Booklist Reviews 2013 November #2
In a picture book that encourages abstract and concrete conceptualization, the fun begins on the endpageswith an invitation: "Just like dancing is part step and part swing, / When you put parts together, you get a new thing!" Continuing in rhyme and paired with mixed-media art resembling construction-paper collage, Ziefert and Slaughter give readers numerous examples to consider plus some questions prompting responses. What time of day / is part WASH and part PLAY?" In some cases, as in this example, a gatefold reveals the wordless answer: bath time. Though some examples are more successful than others, all challenge readers to creatively describe common actions and objects. The last page concludes with a list of more things part this and part that, plus additional questions--some open to interpretation, some requiring specific answers. Great for sharing one-on-one or in a group. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
Rhyming statements followed by questions prompt kids to think about everyday things in new ways. Clean, striking collage art with ample white space provides clues to the riddles, while several gatefolds and lift-the-flaps add surprise. A final page of ten more rhyming questions challenge the reader to "put on your thinking cap" and find the answers on his or her own.

School Library Journal Reviews 2013 August

K-Gr 2--"Just like a bee is part buzz and part sting, a rap song is part talk and part sing." This title is part picture book and part riddle. Ziefert keeps young readers and listeners thinking with provocative questions and statements, such as, "Is this glass part empty, or is it part full?" and "Steps in a staircase are part down and part up." The final page, which is devoid of picture clues, quizzes readers with additional examples, such as, "What musical instrument is part cymbal, part drum?" Slaughter employs a stylized look with blocky, angular shapes and primary colors on matte paper. Various interactive elements are scattered throughout. Some pages have sturdy flaps that open up; others have a die-cut or small flap. The font is bold with some words having a stenciled appearance for emphasis. This concept book could be a good filler between storytime tales.--Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA

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