Monday, February 14, 2011

Shark vs. Train Review

Finally a book has been published answering the age-old question of who would win in a fight: a shark or a train.  The book thoroughly explores the possible outcomes given different situations ranging from the standard scenario of a shark winning in the ocean to the more original circumstance of a train using its powerful furnace to win in a burping contest.  The playful illustrations that accompany each scene will delight young readers as they are taken on a train trip through their imagination, or is it a shark ride?  Either way the fanciful landscapes in this book will stretch and spark a child's imagination.  This book will be particularly valuable and entertaining for children in the preoperational stage described by Piaget where children begin to understand symbols and enjoy fantasies and dreams.  The sparse text and elaborate drawings will provide rich materials for children in this stage as they begin to draw pictures from memory and delight in fantasies.

Shark Vs. Train. By Chris Barton & Tom Lichtenheld. Little, Brown and Company, 2010. [16] pages. $16.99, ISBN 978-0-316-00762-7

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