Saturday, February 9, 2013


Jessell, Tim. 2012. FALCON. Ill. by Tim Jessell. New York: Random House. 9780375868665 [Suggested Grade Levels Pre-K – 2]

A young boy lies in the field imagining two days in the life of a falcon, experiencing the sights, sounds, and sensations of flying over the mountains, the sea, and the big city. The simple text flows smoothly, the illustrations are extremely detailed yet soft, and the story overall has a calming and whimsical effect.

This story lends itself to discussion about senses and the act of playing pretend. Young readers can imitate the young boy in the story, selecting an animal, closing their eyes, and imagining a day in the life of that animal. What would you see? What would you hear? What would you feel, taste, and smell? Where would you go, and what would you do? Younger readers could also create their own book, writing and illustrating a description of the-day-in-the-life-of their animal of choice. Older readers could replicate the story, answering the same questions through use of a Web 2.0 tool.

Other books for children about the senses:
Raschka, Chris. FIVE FOR A LITTLE ONE. ISBN 9780689845994
Anderson, Derek. GLADYS GOES OUT TO LUNCH. ISBN 9780689856884

By Jennifer E. M. Richey

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