Thursday, May 20, 2010

Books that Zoom! - Toot Toot Zoom! by Phyllis Root and Zoom by Istvan Banyai

Zoom is such a fun word to say. We found two zooming books at the library and wanted to share them with you. The first one is about a zooming car and the second about zooming out and viewing objects from different perspectives.

"Up and up the road he zoomed. At every curve he honked his horn. Toot! Toot! Zoom! Toot! Toot! Zoom!"
Toot Toot Zoom! by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Matthew Cordell. Candlewick Press (April 2009); ISBN 9780763634520; 40 pages
(Book Source: Copy from our local library)
A beret wearing fox named Pierre sets off in his little red car on a search for a friend hoping to find one on the other side of the mountain. While driving on the winding mountain road, Pierre invites other animals to hop into his car (Goat, Sheep and Bear) and they all try to aid Pierre in his search for a new friend.

We've recommended this book to numerous people. I love reading this one aloud and usually use a silly French accent. Perfect for toddlers on up, the kids both love repeating the phrase, "Toot! Toot! Zoom!" with me. Root has a wonderful way with words and this book shows she's a master at her craft. Expressive text in bold is found throughout the book with plenty of tooting, zooming and even some CRASHING! Cordell's raw, cartoonish illustrations are a good fit for the book and we smiled at the final illustration of a car/house, the ultimate reuse project. Don't miss this sweet friendship story...it is sure to generate some smiles. (Related link: Candlewick's Read-to-Us! Story-Hour Kit has some cute related printables for this story.)


Zoom by Istvan Banyai. Viking Children's / Penguin (March 1995); ISBN 9780670858040; 64 pages
(Book Source: Copy from our local library)
We stumbled upon this wordless picture book quite by accident. We were curious about the title and certainly didn't expect the amazing, thought provoking illustrations. It is an awesome adventure to browse through the pages and watch as the pictures continuously zoom out and out and out. The book starts with a close up image of a rooster's comb and as you turn the pages the perspective changes. Children in a small house watch the rooster, then it zooms out to show a girl setting up the model with the children and a few pages more readers see a boy holding a magazine with a picture of the girl setting up the model. My preschool aged daughter has pulled this one off the shelves several times to look at the captivating and mind-boggling pictures and she likes discussing what she sees on the pages. The world is a much bigger place than we realize and this book brings that fact into perspective. Great for both adults and children...it is quite a trip!

❖❖❖❖❖❖ stART Project - Vehicle Puppets Craft and Digital Camera Zoom Project ❖❖❖❖❖❖


I found a great interactive zooming car craft on firstpalette.com to use with the Toot Toot Zoom! book. (Click on the website link for detailed directions). The kids drew their own versions of high mountains complete with winding roads. They also colored little red cars from this printable vehicle template from the same website. We cut out a slit along part of the road and attached a straw to the car and they zoomed their cars up their mountains, while yelling out "Toot Toot Zoom!"






My daughter learned about the zoom on the digital camera and used her new skills to take a few pictures that zoomed out incorporating lessons learned from Banyai's picture book. She choose her stuffed rabbit as her photo subject. It was a fun project for her and she enjoys watching the zooming results in this flash Picasa Web slide show.



Jenny Matlock


A Mommy's Adventures hosts the "stART" meme (Story + Art) each week. Hope Is the Word hosts a Read Aloud Thursday link-up as well. This week's Alphabe-Thursday at Jenny Matlock focuses on the letter "R" so we've linked up our Phyllis Root book review and hope you enjoy these great Reads, our Red cars and the Rabbit zoom project.

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23 comments:

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

I love "Zoom". There's also a sequel that's just as neat. Fun craft, although my youngest would destroy it faster than you could say "toot toot zoom!"

maggy said...

OMG how cute is that - both the zooming cars and your daughters photo shoot!!!! I am very impressed. LOVE the sound of those books. On the wishlist they go!!!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Very neat ideas! We haven't "read" either books - but they both look like a lot of fun.

Amy said...

These both look like great picks, but I'm particularly intrigued by the second. I'll have to see if I can get my hands on it!

My girls would LOVE the little project you did with the digital camera. They always beg to take "just one picture"! I'm thinking a kid-size digicam is in order for Christmas this year!

Cathy Ogren said...

What a great post! The art teacher in our school uses the book ZOOM for an art project to teach perspective.

Debbie said...

I have to say, I never heard of this....I think your blog is great for so many Moms out there looking for good books and tools to help their children grow. Thanks for stopping by.

GFDINER - Kathy said...

I can't wait to try these books for my little niece. we can go zooming thru life. Thanks for sharing.

Janet said...

The second book looks especially great. My girls are a little older, but I think they'd enjoy it; I may look for it.

Jenny said...

What fun to see you on Alphabe-Thursday! Class, please welcome our new student today!

Thank you for enriching our little journey through the letter "R" with this wonderful post.

I will definitely look into this wonderful author for my Grands.

Her work looks really charming!

A+

Viki said...

My son is an adult now but if he was little I sure would be getting these books. Also that craft looks like it would be a lot of fun. Great R post.

Terra said...

oh, please - if you have time come on over to Tales from the nightstand and link up your post! I have some readers that would LOVE to see these books! I know I am excited about them. I had a wordless book when my daughter was 4 and we wrote the words to the book that was so fun...I must get this Zoom one for my now other 4 year old daughter!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Zoom sounds like a really interesting book - I have to look it up. The project is nice too, especially its interactive part.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I had to laugh because we have a cat named Zoom. My husband named her because she was always going zoom, zoom, zoom around the house. She's no longer a kitten, but she still goes zoom.

Christy said...

Welcome to AlphabeThursdays! Everyone is really nice. I love the way you used literature to teach your child. Way to go!!

Steph said...

Don't you love the library. Thanks for these great book introductions. I wasn't familiar with either. (My guys are way out of that age reading, but I love to keep learning about good, fun books. The 2nd book, in fact, sounds fascinating no matter how old you are.) You found such fun creative projects too. Really nice post. Thank you.

mbkatc230 said...

This is such a neat post! The book sounds like great fun, and I love the "zoom" camera project. Kathy

Sarah said...

Great R post and clever art activity for your little one. Really cute photos. ~ Sarah

Melinda Cornish said...

my four year old grandson would love zoom...I put it on our library list.....