A Few Bites

A Few Bites

Book - 2012
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When her brother Ferdie would rather play than eat, Viola spins a tale about how dinosaurs ate broccoli to escape predators and carrots provide alien super-vision, an effort repaid when Viola is tired and Ferdie presents a surprise.
Publisher: Toronto ; Berkeley, CA : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781554982950
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (some col.) ; 19 x 27 cm


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Jan 02, 2015

Imagination, great illustrations and unusual narrative, but might be not easy to digest by really small kids.

Nov 03, 2014

A Few Bites is about a girl who is babysitting her younger brother who is reluctant to eat. She asks him to at least eat a few bites. When he refuses, she makes up stories about the foods that encourage him to eat. In the end, he is the one using his imagination with his toys and his sister joins in.

Cybele Young's picture book illustration is different from anything you might see in other books. She uses Japanese paper sculptures. This story begins with black and white drawings, but as the children's imaginations grow the illustrations become colored paper sculptures. Instead of simply coloring the sculptures, she uses drawings within drawings. The creativity of Young's style is awe inspiring. With the youngest children, you can look together to find the "hidden" pictures within the illustrations. The story itself it best read with ages 4-5 and up.

I love how the siblings share their imaginations with each other in this book.

forbesrachel Oct 14, 2012

Just like with "A Few Blocks" colour is only used for the imagined scenes, which provides a great contrast to the grey, "reality".


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Jan 02, 2015

lubabr thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 6


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