Description: This clever lift-flap book by Susan A. Shea and illustrated by Tom Slaughter is organized in a question and answer format that gets kids interacting with rhyme and making predictions in a fun and silly way. This is by far one of the best and most engaging lift-flap books I’ve seen. It’s also no surprise that this book is published by Blue Apple Books, a company that dependably puts out wonderful children’s books each year.
Skills & Modifications: There are two ways you can introduce this book. One is to just read it to the learners, and let them enjoy the silliness of it without trying to predict what the next rhyme will be. The other is to read the first couple of pages with lift flaps so they understand the way to interact with it, then allow them to make predictions for the following lift flaps.
– Making Predictions/Critical Thinking – Pictured below is an example of what a set of pages looks like. There are many skills a child must use in order to make accurate predictions, including understanding categories, comparing sizes, and rhyming. For some of my learners, I may modify the activity by giving specific verbal prompts, such as “What type of vehicle rhymes with cow” or “What vehicle moves the snow off the street?”
– Comparing – The book provides a fun and interactive way to compare items. As kids begin to understand the pattern of finding an item that another item could “grow up” to be, it makes them practice comparing items in a unique way. For example, when a page asks “can a car grow and become a…” students have to think about what kind of vehicle might be bigger than a car. Though they are not directly comparing two items with the language we usually associate with the skill, they must use the skill to arrive at answers that make sense.
– Rhyming – Each page contains a rhyming couplet. The aspect of making predictions also makes for great practice in generating rhymes.
Pros: I always love anything that can get my students giggling, and this is a great book for sharing in laughter.
Cons: There may be some items that your learner is not familiar with, such as the one picture above since not all early learners have been exposed to plows. Be sure to pick known examples when having learners predict what is under the flap.
Ideas for extending the lesson: You’ve enjoyed this book immensely with your learner, but now what? There are three great ideas here. There is also an app (which you can purchase here for $2.99) that is very similar to the book, however it loses something when brought to the screen. The best part of the app is the quiz function, which is entertaining and great as a follow-up and generalization for the book. Finally, a simple way to extend the lesson is to use pictures of different objects and sort them into “living” and “non-living.” You could also have a group activity with pictures of common objects and come up with what those objects grow into, accepting both real answers (such as a puppy grows into a dog) and nonsense answers (such as a floor grows into a ceiling.)
Cost: $16.99 You should invest in this book if: you are a teacher working with preschoolers or kindergarteners, you are a parent seeking engaging (and humorous) books to interact with your child, or you are working on any of the skills listed above.
ABLLS: H22, H47, I8, Q14
VB-MAPP: LRFFC14, LRFFC15