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Summary: Inside this book you'll find step-by-step instructions on how to draw baby animals from puppies and kittens to tiger cubs and hippos. This is a guide book for drawing animals.
This book uses pictures of hands to teach sign language.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12
Age of Child: Shared with 5-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our Kindergartner loves animals and drawing, but was quickly frustrated with this book. Instead of using it as a guide book, s/he would flip through the pages to see the completed animal babies and then name them.
Adult Reader Reaction: We'd have to agree with our child. While we found it easy to follow the directions and complete a drawing ourselves, we have the advantage of being able to read.
Pros: Parents and children can share time creating pictures together. The collection of potential drawings is quite broad, ranging from domesticated pets to wild animals.
Cons: Although the target audience includes 5-year-olds, parents need to help pre-readers understand the steps. Their perspectives are not sophisticated enough to see the changes via the visual illustrations; you need to read the instructions.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. You will definitely want to "test drive" the book to see if it meets your child's skill/reading level.
Educational Themes: In addition to the fun of drawing, the diversity of the animal groups is such that you can use the workbook as a baseline for creating flash cards or illustrating original stories. Pick an animal baby and then do some more research in other books.
Notes: The publicist representing the author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub® for review consideration because we provide an independent, unbiased profiles. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.