Lines that Wiggle by Candace Whitman Illustrated by Steve Wilson Format: Picture Book Age: Baby – Toddler Blue Apple Books, 2010 Find this book at your local library
Lines that wiggle, lines that bend, lines in different shapes are all over the place!
This is a really great, colorful concept book for young readers. I love the raised, sparkly line that runs throughout the entire book. It adds a nice texture so that children can following along with their fingers and trace all the different shapes a line can make. Much of these can be replicated at home with a piece of string or yarn. Kids can point out lines around the house, in the car, anywhere really. I love the last line in the book:
Lines are everywhere you look
So find some lines not in this book!
Steve Wilson’s illustrations show us monsters exploring and interacting with lines in a variety of ways. From being caught in a spider’s web, to a mummy tugging at its bandages, to bugs and ticklish cat whiskers. The colors are very vibrant too. One page is devoted to orange, another to black and pink, another to shades of green. There are so many things to look for in this book that it’s a great for re-reads. Each page can lead to a discussion outside of the book on shapes of objects, and having the child stop at each page to find a line in the house/room to match the one in the book.
The text is simple and direct, great for baby storytimes for tots with short attention spans. The descriptor of the line is in the raised, sparkle print, which helps kids connect the concept to the texture to the final image on the page. You can feel the line wiggle, you can feel the line go from end-to-end of the page. You can feel and see it curl, swirl, sprout and hide. The monsters make it a good choice for a Halloween or monster theme.
It would also go great with How Long Can a Long String Be by Keith Baker, which follows the same exact concept, except with a bird and a piece of string. Baker’s book discusses ways to utilize ordinary household objects. The tune is catchy, almost sing-songy as a bird explains to a little ant just what a string can be used for, and the different lengths needed for each task. Whether its flying a kit, hanging up a photo, or playing jump-rope with friends.