The Look Book

The Look Book by Tana HobanWhen my oldest was small, we discovered a book at our library that became a favorite: The Look Book by Tana Hoban. What made this book so fun was the way we were able to use it as a guide for making out own “look book”.

The Look Book consists of a number of photos of objects or animals a child would know. Preceding each photo page is a blank page with a circle cut out in it which allows a small portion of the photo page to show.  The reader studies the part that is visible and tries to decide what it is. After the reader makes his guess, he then turns the page to see if he was right or not. My son and I would both take a guess before flipping the page; sometimes he was right, sometimes I was right, and sometimes neither of us got it.

But we had a lot of fun with The Look Book concept. After reading it, we created our own look book for him to share with family and friends. Here’s what we used and how we did it:

Supplies:

  • Pictures of familiar objects or animals. Back in those pre-Internet days, we used photos from magazines or old books. Today it’s even easier, as you can print off photos right from the computer. Try to find pictures that are somewhere between 8” x 10” and 8 ½” x 11” in size.
  • Cardstock – 8 ½” x 11” – any color
  • 3-ring binder
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • 3-Hole punch
  • Round object to trace, such as a small cup or a jar lid

What to do:

  1. Using the glue stick, affix each picture onto a piece of cardstock. Punch three holes into the left side of the cardstock.
  2. For each picture/cardstock page you have, choose another plain sheet of cardstock. Tracing the round object, draw a circle somewhere on the page. Cut the circle out using scissors. Punch three holes into the left side of the cardstock.
  3. Arrange the pages in the three ring binder like this:
  • Plain cardstock with circle cut-out, cardstock with photo
  • Plain cardstock with circle cut-out, cardstock with photo
  • Plain cardstock with circle cut-out, cardstock with photo

Continue in a similar manner until all of the pages are in the binder.

Your “look book” is ready! Turn to the first page, and you’ll see only a small portion of the picture below. Then, when you turn that page over, the whole picture can be seen. Show your book to friends and family to  family to see if they can guess what they’re looking at!

 



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