Description from GoodReads: Who eats orange—a chicken? A bunny? A bear? Find out in this unique exploration of colors and animals’ favorite foods.
Animals eat a rainbow of different foods. Gorillas in the mountains eat green, octopi in the ocean eat red, and toucans in the canopy eat purple. Young animal enthusiasts will love digging into this lively journey around the world to explore the colorful diets of many animals, from the familiar to the exotic.
Quick thoughts on the book:
There is something about the use of a question and answer text structure that I really enjoy and one that also makes for a book that young children will enjoy.
I suspect part of why I love these books is that they work so well with young readers. The predictability of the the text patterns allows children to begin "reading" the book during the read aloud and then later as they share it with a friend.
The pattern repetition helps young readers understand what will come next. It also fosters children's curiosity and encourages their making predictions about what may be on the next page of the book.
Page's big, bold, colorful illustrations engage the reader and adds another level of understanding and support for new readers.
Additionally, if teachers are seeking mentor text for a question & answer text structure, this provides students with a clear example that they can play with in their own writing.
Who Eats Orange? will be a fun read aloud with students and also a book that children will enjoy sharing with a peer. At the end, White includes further information on the animals included in the book and their diets and groups them by their habitats. This section can provide more information for teachers looking for ways to take this book to the next level with students.
About the author: Dianne White has written several picture books, including the celebrated Blue on Blue, illustrated by Beth Krommes. This summer she also released Goodbye Brings Hello: A Book of Firsts, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman. She lives in Gilbert, Arizona, with her family. For more information, and to download a free activity kit, visit diannewrites.com. Twitter @diannewrites
About the illustrator: Robin Page has written and illustrated several picture books, including the 2003 Caldecott Honor recipient What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?, which she created with her husband Steve Jenkins, and A Chicken Followed Me Home! and Seeds Move!, which she both wrote and illustrated. Robin and Steve live in Boulder, Colorado. Check out the fun activities here.
One lucky winner will receive a copy of Who Eats Orange?, courtesy of Simon & Schuster (U.S. addresses).