Sparkle and Spin, 1957
Sparkle and Spin
Author: Ann Rand
Illustrator: Paul Rand
Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1957/1991
Suitable for ages 4 and up
Themes: words, word meanings
Opening: “What are words? Words are how what you think inside comes out
and how to remember what you might
Why I like this book: I was browsing the
picture book bins at our local used bookstore when this beauty jumped out at me. What bold, beautiful, eye-popping designs! Although I was not familiar with the name Paul Rand, a quick Google search revealed that he was a highly celebrated father of modern graphic design. Rand designed crisp modern corporate identity logos for powerhouses like Ford, ABC, UPS, IBM, Westinghouse and Enron.
Here are more gorgeous samples from inside:
“And surely you’ve found,
words sometimes sound
exactly like what they’re
supposed to be.
There’s toot toot!
whee! and whoa!”
And if you spell fair: f a i r
it could be where a carnival is.
But fare spelled: f a r e
is what you pay on a train
when you’ve grown too big to ride for free.”
Activities: Have some fun with words!
Here is a fun online game about homophones from Quia.
Or how about a game of onomatopoeia BINGO with these cute cards?
Celebrate words and poems by writing an acrostic!
And a bit more: This pristine book was discarded from the Stratham, NH Memorial School Library. Its date due card was blank. Was it never once checked out? How sad. It is a treasure! But Chronicle Books has recently re-published SPARKLE AND SPIN so it is readily available online and in stores.
I’ll be heading back to that used bookstore soon to look for two additional books published by the Rands: LITTLE 1, A Book about Numbers, and LISTEN LISTEN (which is currently selling for $399.00 on eBay!).
Perfect Picture Book Fridays are the creation of the children’s book author Susanna Leonard Hill. Susanna maintains a complete list (alphabetically and by theme) of all reviews with new books being added every Friday. It’s a wonderful resource if you’re looking for book activities or books with a particular theme.