Before After, a wordless book of opposites, elevates opposite storytelling to another level. This book gives readers pause to think as they digest the cause and effect relationship between the before and after pictures.
This nice thick book offers lots of pairings to explore.
This book promotes creative components of nature, cause and effect, and originality.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it is not your typical opposite book and makes readers think about what happened that caused the after picture. This book would provide great discussions between child and caregiver as they read the pictures together.
TITLE: Before After
ILLUSTRATORS: Anne-Margot Ramstein and Matthias Arégui
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2014
AGE GROUP: 4-6
TOPIC(S): cause and effect
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: original, nature
1) Draw a picture of one of your favorite things in nature. This will be your before picture. Think about what different things can happen to your nature item. Pick one and draw your after picture. Share with a friend.
2) Let’s work backwards or do the reverse by first drawing the after picture and then drawing the before picture of another favorite nature item.
3) Pick a plant, animal, or tree. Next draw its life cycle in stages.
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