PocketsBy Mary Alice Deveny

Pockets Book Cover
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Rated 4.90 out of 5 based on 10 customer ratings
(10 customer reviews)
Recommended by Kirkus Reviews* as “just right for a preschool audience. A wonderfully photographed story and activity book,” Pockets is a suggested purchase for home school families, early child care centers, preschool classrooms, and public libraries. This book makes a beautiful gift for children, teachers and babysitters, with full color lay-flat laminated pages and two glitter-tape reinforced pockets, one to hold prayers and one to collect dreams.
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Product Description

CLICK ON THE BOOK COVER ABOVE TO LOOK AT PAGES INSIDE THE BOOK.  In stunning photographs, a three-year-old girl tells what neighbors and family keep in their pockets. The narrative rhyming poem is followed by five free or inexpensive guided activities for adults and older children to use with preschool children, individually and in groups.

Child Reading Pockets

Let’s Play Pretend is an action-packed word-by-word creative dramatics walk through the neighborhood which includes stepping, hopping, galloping, tiptoeing, and crawling. Children learn to clap “the beat” to the movement words. This activity also includes instructions for making a “knock-knock-knock-knock” sound with the tongue.

Let’s Learn the Letter p introduces the alphabet and the sound of the letter p. The adult asks the children to find and name pictures in the book beginning with the letter p. Writing down their answers is a recommended activity for the caregiver. The book provides a complete list of “p” words included.

Proud Of You shows a simple melody to accompany short verses about doing a “good job.”

Puzzle Me guides adults to lead children in creating their own paper puzzles.

Let’s Make A Puppet Play gives the caregiver step-by-step instructions on how to present a finger puppet play, and then how to teach children to create and perform their own finger puppet plays.

  • Series: The Molly Brave Preschool Series (Book 1)
  • Hardcover-spiral: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Molly Brave; 1st edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612450008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612450001
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Photography: Gary W. Sweetman and Mary Alice Deveny

Tomie dePaola with Mary Alice DevenyPraise for Pockets

“Winning photographs!” Tomie dePaola,
2011 winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for writing and/or illustrating over 200 books, making a lasting contribution to literature for children.

Meet Tomie dePaola, a quick video by Open Road Integrated Media


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    4 out of 5 A wonderfully photographed story and activity book for preschool classrooms.

    A 3-year-old girl explores what pockets can be used for in this colorfully photographed book full of classroom reading tips.

    A blonde-haired, blue-eyed, unnamed girl gets ready for the day in a pink and red outfit with pockets. Her Oma, wearing a jacket that also has pockets, arrives to take her to storytime at the library. (She has something silver in her pocket that the girl’s sister takes out, but it’s hard to determine what it is.) At the library, the girl explores the Story Bear’s pockets and finds art supplies in the paint lady’s pocket. After storytime, Oma takes the girl to the farmers market and stops by the neighbor’s garden, where the girl notices the things her neighbor and the girl at the market keep in their pockets. At home, a baby cousin keeps a duckie in his bib pocket, and the girl’s father has nine pennies (counted by the girl) in his deep pockets. The girl prepares for bed with tooth-brushing and pajamas and shows that her pajamas have two pockets, “one for my prayers, and one for my dreams.” After the story, Deveny offers five different activities that teachers can pair with the book in the classroom: pretend play encouraging the students to imagine themselves in the story; a lesson on the letter P; a song; a project for children to make their own puzzles; and a puppet play. The beautiful color photographs are made with excellent composition to pull in a child’s eye. There’s an abundance of pink, and the cast predominantly looks like the little girl—there’s no real ethnic diversity—so only a small portion of the preschool population will recognize themselves in the images. Despite the homogenous community, the girl is friendly looking and approachable, and the activities in the story and in the teacher section are just right for a preschool audience.

    A wonderfully photographed story and activity book for preschool classrooms.

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