Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Miles to Go

Harper, Jamie. 2010. MILES TO GO. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick. ISBN 9780763635985 [Suggested Grade Levels PreK-1]

Told in colorful and lively language, young children will enjoy reading this story as well as looking at the brightly colored pictures. The main character, aptly named “Miles,” is indeed going places in his yellow pedal racecar. Miles’ trip is quite adventurous and full of unexpected happenings. Things that take place on his trip to preschool are similar to things that happen to grownups when they take trips in their cars, which makes it all the more fun.

Author/illustrator Jamie Harper’s illustrations, done in block prints and mixed media collage, will appeal to young readers and make the story come to life. The simplistic design and format are easy for young children to visualize and enjoy.

Other preschool books about pretending can be read as an extension. What other pretend things can be brainstormed that might take place on a trip to school, to the grocery store, etc.? This can also promote discussion about what is real and what is pretend.

Other books that take a fun look at the art of pretending and imagining:
Plecas, Jennifer. 2011. PRETEND. ISBN 9780399234309
Reiser, Lynn. 2006. PLAY BALL WITH ME! ISBN 9780375832444
Walker, Anna. 2011. LET’S PLAY HOUSE: A BOOK ABOUT IMAGINATION. ISBN 9780803735699

By Kaye E. Bray

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