Friday, February 10, 2012

Red Sled review

Red Sled

In this almost wordless picture book, a host of woodland creatures take a child's sled for a nighttime joy ride. Their whimsical ride is gorgeously depicted in bold watercolor, complemented by humorous expressions and pitch-perfect sound effects. With a timeless tone and classic characters, RED SLED will become a wintertime favorite. (goodreads summary)

What an interesting way to tell a story! A bear is curious about the red sled he finds propped alongside a house one night. He decides to borrow it and finds himself going for a fun-filled joy ride with several of his forest friends. Even though this book is considered almost wordless, the story is told brilliantly by the beautiful watercolor illustrations and minimal text of using sound effect words. For example: scrinch, scrunch as the child walks home in the quiet snow and hrmmm? when the bear comes across the sled, just to name a couple. It has wonderful imagery and I could hear the sounds of the animals sledding in the quiet winter's night forest. The expressions of the forest friends while riding the sled are cute, witty and put a smile on my face. I think this will be a new favorite book of preschoolers for winter and is a "just right book" for ages 2-5.~

Title: Red Sled
Author: Lita Judge
Pub. Date: Simon & Schuster

Genre: picture book
Hardcover, 40 pgs.

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