Picture Book Giveaway: Double Take! A New Look at Opposites

When it comes to helping little ones build upon their communications skills, teaching opposites is always one thing that comes to mind. I remember how much fun my son had learning the basic concepts of opposites. We always made a game of it, while also getting in that extra dose of hands-on learning. Of course, there are also plenty of books out there that can help teach young children all about this subject. Recently, we had the wonderful opportunity to read Double Take! A New Look at Opposites, which actually takes it a step further by helping little readers dig deeper into the idea of differing perceptions.

Writer Susan Hood and illustrator Jay Fleck lead us on a topsy-turvy fun-house journey into the concept of opposites and takes it to the next level — with detours into relative terms and points of view.

Susan Hood is the author of more than two hundred children’s books, including Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport; Leaps and Bounce and Rooting for You, both illustrated by Matthew Cordell; and Spike, the Mixed-up Monster, illustrated by Melissa Sweet. She has worked as the children’s content director of Nick Jr. magazine and as an editor at Instructor magazine, Scholastic, and Sesame Workshop. Susan Hood lives with her family in coastal Connecticut.

Jay Fleck’s artwork has been featured everywhere from the Gap to the front page of Society6.com. Double Take is his picture-book debut. Jay Fleck lives with his family south of Chicago.

The book begins with an overall concept of opposites–yes-no, stop-go, open-close, etc. The story then moves on to a more "think outside of the box" approach by showing children that things may not always be what they seem. Sometimes the appearance of something is all in the eye of the beholder. Someone that appears to be tall may only be so to another who is shorter. If they are both the same height, would they even think of each other as tall? It's all about the point of view from which it is looked upon, and that's exactly what this story shows the reader.

Besides being a cute story about appreciating the perspective of others, another aspect that we enjoyed quite a bit was the adorable illustrations, which offer a sort of vintage art feel. Although this is a first edition book that was published just this year (2017), perusing through it offered more of a nostalgic feeling and definitely reminded me of several books that I had personally owned when I was a little girl.

It's also worth noting that there are several minor details that are hidden in the background that actually correlate with the whole opposite theme. These details are so small, they almost went unnoticed the first time my son and I read this together, since they didn't involve the main characters of the story. As we went through it a second time, we did a lot of focusing on the specifics on each page. That's when we noticed particular details, such as a long dog next to a short dog, a boy with curly hair next to one with straight hair, a window with the curtains drawn next to another window with open curtains, etc. Since this is a story about perspective, one of our favorite illustrations that demonstrates this, was one of a turtle that can be seen in an underground tunnel examining the roots of two flowers. Above ground, one flower is taller than the other, however when we see their roots underground, they are exactly the same depicting a mirror image of each other. 

Double Take! A New Look at Opposites was just released in June 2017, so you can now find it at your local or online bookstore. Interested in winning a copy? I'm happy to be offering a giveaway opportunity for readers right here on Our Everyday Harvest.

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