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We Are in an ART-ivity Book! (Elephant and Piggie Book, An) Paperback – Illustrated, September 5, 2017
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- Publisher : Hyperion Books for Children; Illustrated edition (September 5, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1484798163
- ISBN-13 : 978-1484798164
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.25 x 1 x 9.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The art-tivities, games and directions are more doable for 7 and 8 year olds. However, they hold little interest for kids that age.
The book is fun to read and does introduce a number of art topics. But the signature Mo Willems nods and winks to adults that make his books so appealing to a broad audience are present in spades, but wasted and distracting here. Oh, dear. Mo Willems, we really do not like this book, but we really, really like you.
I happened to pick this up book for the first time shortly before a school vacation week last year. It kept my two kids (then ages 3.5 and 6) busy ALL week. And not just busy, but happy, engaged, excited, and not fighting. They were SO excited to show their dad their museum when he came home. Beyond keeping my kids happy...I really feel like they learned so much. I saw their fine motor skills improve and they gained confidence in their drawing. This was also a fabulous first introduction to art and they got interested in going to art museums. We took them to an art exhibit and rather than being bored, they were engaged and so excited when they saw a Frida Kahlo self-portrait they recognized from their Elephant and Piggie book!
Since then, we have purchased this book two more times...once as a gift and once because my preschooler wanted to do it again. Which he did. And now he wants to do it yet another time! I suspect we will be buying a few more of these!
I find that the Elephant and Piggie book series attracts a wide age range, from older toddlers to early elementary schoolers who are reading it on their own. In order to be completely independent with this activity book, kids need to be able to read at a solid first grade level (similar reading level to the Elephant and Piggie books, though some of the activity directions are at a slightly higher reading level), and use scissors, tape, etc. But if you have an artsy preschooler, like I do...then I have to say that some of my most joyful parenting moments have been poring over the pages of this book together. I highly recommend. This would make a fabulous gift for ages 4 and up.
By Jess S. on September 17, 2020
BTW, my kid cries every other time I have to do his school's assigned two-syllable reading. Yet, for some reason, he reads three-syllable words with joy out of this art-ivity book.
I really wish that each of the pages that were intended to be cut out had been backed on a page that was blank. Or even provide the number of blank paper pages needed for the artwork so later on we would not have to tear it out of the book (already being loose), that would be a great solution. I know that would have made the book thicker (and maybe more expensive) but it would have solved the problem of cutting up pages they had colored, which would be worth it to me. Spectrum kids can be very particular, and don't like to disrupt or displace things that are already completed.