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My First Book About the Five Senses: Sesame Subjects    by Kama Einhorn & Christopher Moroney order for
My First Book About the Five Senses
by Kama Einhorn
Order:  USA  Can
Random House, 2006 (2006)
* * *   Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke

Right up front, I highly recommend Kama Einhorn's My First Book About the Five Senses! This Sesame Subjects™ offering has a sturdy cover with thick pages. The exquisite color photos (contributed by varied photographers) and Christopher Moroney's color illustrations are perfection.

The opening features the wisdom of Professor Grover saying, 'Hello, everybodee! It is I Professor Grover, and Elmo. Today we are here to learn about the five senses. Inside this cute furry head of Elmo's is a BRAIN'. The Professor continues his lecture with the names of the five senses indicated by one word beneath a photograph. 'Are you ready to put on your thinking cap? Very good.'

The senses are see, hear, taste, smell, and feel (the yellow duckling looks so soft to touch, and the lollipop's flavor, I think, could be orange). A drawing of the brain indicates the senses' areas, while Elmo tells us some of the things the brain helps us to do. Think, remember, move, and feel emotions, while Grover points out that the 'brain is like the boss of your whole body.' The brain tells 'you what is going on', such as that your tongue is tasting, your hands are touching, and your nose is smelling.

Each of the senses is broken down on succeeding pages. For example, look at the parts of an eye in a drawing. Do you know that the iris is the colored part of the eye? What color is yours? Sometimes people need glasses to see better, so it is a good idea to have an eye doctor check your vision once in a while. Included is a drawing of the tongue, pointing to the location of taste buds that react to a salty pretzel, or a sweet chocolate cake, a sour lemon, or bitter vegetable greens.

There are Twibblebug Trivia on the sides of the pages, plus an Extra-Credit Fun for Everyone page for things you can do with parents and friends to test your senses. In closing, Professor Grover says 'See you later. With our eyes, of course!', while Elmo waves 'Bye-bye.'

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