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A GREAT TIME! Children's Poems in English and Russian

Author: Masha Shurin

Illustrator: valentin Ginukov

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Publisher: White Stag Press, ©2007

Material: hard cover

Summary: This bilingual collection of 12 poems explores everything from peas and the sun to monkeys and snails. The poems in this book are presented in English and Russian (using Cyrillic).

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Read with 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter laughed at the poems and thought they were silly. She liked the illustrations, especially the different bugs.

Adult Reader Reaction: These are short, rhyming poems. They reminded me of the kind of sing-song tune you'd hear for a commercial. I can only speak to the English, but some of the rhymes work better than others. The illustrations are creative and convey the action very well. I liked that the poem (in both English and Russian) was never longer than a page and that the author changed the format.

Pros: Humor, colorful illustrations, and everyday things will engage kids in this collection of rhyming poems.

Cons: The poems are cute, but they aren't likely to stick with you.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Even if you don't read Russian, the poems are cute and the illustrations will capture your young listener's interest.

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Educational Themes: This is an introductory-level book of children's poetry. It can help with practicing rhyming words. We would read three lines and then let our daughter try the fourth to see if she could guess the rhyming word.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, poetry, foreign language, Russian

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2009

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