Tumble Ted

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tumble ted

MEWBURN, Kyle (text) Mat Russell (illus.) Tumble Ted Scholastic, 2013 unpaged NZ$19.50 pbk ISBN 9781775431497 SCIS 1643066

This is a wonderful picture book to use for a pre-school/New Entrants class whereby the book can be directly linked with physical education.  There are some children who are kinaesthetic learners with an innate sense of the body-in-space and there are some who have little dexterity at all.  Tumble Ted is one of the latter.  Be it cartwheels, handstands, flips, or creating a bodily pyramid, Ted is a walking, falling, collapsing disaster.  But he has a redeeming quality; and this book is about redemption!  The illustrations are bare and focussed which adds to the possibility of a PE/literacy drama where images are projected onto the background.  JMcK

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