Spiky, Slimy, Smooth

What Is Texture?

From the Series Jane Brocket's Clever Concepts

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Soft, gooey, fluffy, prickly—textures are all around us. What clever words will you use to describe the textures pictured in this book? Jane Brocket’s appealing photography and simple, whimsical text give a fresh approach to a topic all young children learn about.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Science
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2011-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.4
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
Dewey 612.8'8
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 610
Guided Reading Level M
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed

Author, Photographer: Jane Brocket

Jane Brocket is the author of The Gentle Art of Domesticity (2007) and The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking (2010) and of two books based on the wonderful things characters eat and do in classic children’s books: Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer (2008) and Ripping Things to Do (2009)—a selection of the pieces in these two books has been collected into one volume for the US as Turkish Delight and Treasure Hunts (Perigee, 2010). She is currently writing a series of four Clever Concepts books for Millbrook Press. She has a knitting book to be published in 2011 and two more craft books in the pipeline. Jane enjoys knitting, quilting, sewing, baking, growing flowers, and taking photographs of the things she makes as well as details of the world around her. She loves color, pattern, texture, shapes, and objects. And, above all, she love books and reading.


  • Learning Magazine Teachers' Choice Award, Winner, 2011


School Library Journal

“A variety of textures and surfaces is shown and contrasted in this casually structured visual feast…. Not really a book on the sense of touch and not really a book on adjectives, this amalgam will work in either science or language arts classrooms. But just browsing and enjoying the lovely photos will appeal to youngsters as well.” —School Library Journal


“Bright, attention-grabbing, and, in some cases, enlarged photographs of hard candies, duck slippers, stone walls, and other common objects give viewers the impression that they can reach out and touch them…. Clever, indeed.” —Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Brocket’s stunning photographs truly make the concept of texture real to children. The colors, shapes and textures pop off the pages, making it seem as if they just might be touchable.” —Kirkus Reviews