Ages: 0 – 5
Grades: Babies – PreK
Description: Gallop! /A Scanimation Picture Book encourages readers to gallop, swing, run, and jump like a variety of different animals. Seder brings the animals’ action to life with paper over board page images and a pull tab that readers can move to make the animal look as though it is moving. The black and white images are paired with brightly colored rhyming text to create a visually appealing and engaging book for babies and toddlers.
Uses: Seder’s Gallop!/A Scanimation Picture Book can be effectively used in a small group baby or toddler time. The moving images will capture children’s attention, and the rhyming text explicitly engages them in mimicking the animals’ movements. This book can also be used to introduce movement concepts to young children in small group or individual settings. Children can see the animals’ movement, and then mimic on their own. This title could also be used to engage differently-abled elementary children or teens. The technology used in the book also make it ideal for display; and with the direct nature of the questions in the text (“Can you slide like a chimp?”) adults and children reading independently may mimic on their own. Also, this book should be considered for use in teaching parents/guardians information literacy skills and ways to engage their young child with books and reading at a young age. Librarians can use books that promote activity, with obvious engagement and appeal factors, to teach ways to engage with the text.
Just, J. (2008). GALLOP!. New York Times Book Review, 21.
Seder, R. B. (n.d). Gallop!
Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book. (2007). Publishers Weekly, 254(47), 52.
Search Terms: scanimation, animals, animal movements, parents and children, rhyme, differently-abled