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Whoosh!: A Watery World of Wonderful Creatures

Baillie, Marilyn (Author)
Mitchell, Susan (Illustrator)
Owlkids 2014. 32 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9781926973982 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 591.76
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

figurative language, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This ingenious book uses first person language to relay interesting facts about animals in the water: “I’m a baby elephant having a bath with my mom … SWOOSH! … Spray me some more!” Sweet illustrations use soft painterly markings in bright colours to bring warmth and detail to the spreads, which include children engaging in the animal activities. The little elephant frolics under the spray from Mom’s trunk at the edge of a blue watering hole. The facing page shows a boy in a bubble bath, getting his hair rinsed under a bath hose sprayer wielded by his own Mom.

Together, language and image offer basic biology facts while emphasizing the importance of water to us all. Another underlying message is that children can be happy and comfortable in the water. As the Tasseled Wobbegong shark hides in the seabed, so does a little girl, among rocks and seaweed; as the water slider stretches its legs (“I can race across lakes and ponds”), a child’s hands and feet skim the lake’s surface.

Back material (with thumbnail illustrations) offers additional facts about the animals and proposes ways that children can behave like the animals and enjoy the water.

  •  Add to an ongoing chart of onomatopoeias.
  •  Discuss the connections between the illustrations found on the left and right pages.
  •  Categorize the sea creatures: birds, fish, mammals, insects, reptiles.
  •  Find, list and act out active verbs from the text: leap, snooze, paddle, etc.
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    Think of other sea creatures, and make connections to similar activities they do and people do (a clam, and a person cuddled up in blankets). Draw the matching illustrations.

  •  

    Look at the cover and the back page, and brainstorm for creatures that live in water. Make a class list of these animals.

  •  

    Take a picture walk. Compare the illustrations of animals and people.

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    Sort the animals into mammal, bird, reptile, fish and insect categories. Find or produce pictures of these animals.

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    As a whole group, make a list of the many action words in the text. In small groups, act them out for your peers to guess.

  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To solve problems
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Drama
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology