What Happens Next?: Flip the Flap and Find Out
Nicola Davies & Marc Boutavant
Candlewick, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
eldom do we find a children's book that actually makes the youngster think. This new lift-the-flap picture book for children three years of age and older does just that. It challenges the preschooler to tell you
what happens next
ach two page spread sets up a situation and then poses a question. For example, '
Here's a hungry chameleon. Here's a juicy grasshopper. What happens next?
urn the half page and you'll find the answer. In this instance '
', the chameleon shoots out his long, sticky tongue and has lunch!
ther scenarios include beavers building a home, a peacock courting a peahen, some honeybees, and chimps nibbling on termites. Once you have read the book a few times you should find that your child can answer the key question before you turn the page.
his is a simple beginning to what will eventually lead to more complex critical thinking. It is a fun way to begin and, as we have been told repeatedly, a journey begins with a first step. It isn't too early to take this one small step on this important journey!
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