Monday, June 5, 2023

Exploring light and water with preschoolers - prisms & splashing puddles [Review & Giveaway]

Let's Go Puddling! by Emma Perry & illustrated by Claire Alexander

My thoughts:  I love the idea of "puddling" and well supervised playtime in the rain and splashing in the puddles. The moist air is good and refreshing and the activity is perfect for little ones to experience aspects of our Earth's weather that they will soon grow lest fond of.

This delightful book clearly lets the joy of the children's experience shine through although the day is dark and gloomy.

I love how they bundled up in their weather wear and went out to have fun. Then I love how when they had finished (and were beginning to feel the chill of the cloudy day and wetness), they went inside and changed clothes and snuggled to get warm.

A win-win day all around. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

About the book: Grab a raincoat, pull on some boots, and head out the door for a joyful celebration of splish-sploshing in puddles. Squelch!

Clouds gather,
skies darken,
rain falls,
puddles appear.

Yippee! Here comes the rain! Three families meet up in front of their high-rise apartment building, all with the same idea. The children can’t wait to stimp-stamp-stomp through the muddy puddles until their boots overflow—then snuggle with the grown-ups on the couch as their soggy socks dry. Emma Perry’s buoyant text summons the thrill of being outdoors regardless of the weather, while Claire Alexander’s lively watercolors capture the children’s exuberant play amid the splashing drops.

Isabel and the Invisible World by Alan Lightman & illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki

My thoughts:
This is a cute picture book that children (especially those whose birthday is  approaching) will enjoy. As I read the book it seems to me that the main focus is the child's approaching birthday and activities leading up to it and their preparations for the big day. This says to me that the family really makes a "big deal" out of birthdays.

The invisible world that is presented via the child's gift from her mother is the possibility to see the variety of colors produced by light going through a prism that was gifted the child. Once the child opened the gift and the light streamed through showing colors, the book seemed to just end. It rather left matters flat for an ending. There is a back page explaining more about light flowing through a prism for those children interested. ⭐⭐⭐

About the book: Renowned physicist Alan Lightman, author of Ada and the Galaxies, turns his focus to light waves in a second story for children.

There’s only one gift Isabel wants for her sixth birthday: a way to see invisible things. She can hardly think of anything else! Finally, the day of her party arrives. Unwrapping a big box, Isabel finds a surprise inside—a glass prism—and a dazzling world of previously invisible color emerges, lighting up the room around her. What else could be out there, waiting for her eyes to discover? In simple, engaging language, complemented by luminous artwork from best-selling illustrator Ramona Kaulitzki, author and physicist Alan Lightman unveils the hidden world of light waves—the ones you can see and the ones you can’t. Back matter delves briefly into the subject of wavelengths, radio waves, and X-rays for readers curious to know more.

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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner by publisher or publicist. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.


  1. Yes, the kids loved to splash in puddles!

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  2. Children love to play outdoors/



  3. NO kids so cannot really answer. I do know that zay (great niece) loves puddles and she has done them in rain boots and also when she should not in good shoes.......... but that is a kid. For the other one don't reallly know

  4. When my son was young, he did like to jump in puddles. Now I see my young nephew having a great time splashing in the puddles also. twinkle at optonline dot net

  5. We go out in the rain, often. It's harmless & fun!


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