StretchChildren are invited to join the fun, as the book opens with “Stretch with me,/ hands in the air!/ Count to three…./ Hold it right there!” The humorous rhyming text works well as a read-aloud. The scenes change as the dog meets different animal friends and travels to different settings. “I can stretch underwater,/ I can stretch on a wave./ I can stretch on a surfboard/ if I’m very, very brave.” The illustrations are clean, sharp pen and ink drawings, combined with bright digital color and photographic elements. The layout is engaging, as text elongates, curves and responds to the pictures and images.
by Doreen Cronin and Scott Menchin
NY: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009
ages 2 - 6
If you like stretch, you'll also have fun with Wiggle (2005) and Bounce (2007). Both have the same format and energetic rhymes. Look for them at your library.
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