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ALEXANDRA'S RAG-TIME BAND

Author: Sharon Lynne Garvin

Illustrator: Brenda Brown

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Publisher: Shooting Star Editions, American Literary Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: It isn't much fun to be sick on the Fourth of July ... or isn't it? When Alexandra can't go to town to watch the parade, she and her closest friends make one of their own. This is a lyrical story with repetition and style perfect for new readers.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, developing reader

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2.4

Age of Child: Read with 5-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our child liked the story, and regularly repeated the sleepyhead quote for several days. Still, we could only get several readings before s/he wouldn't let us read it anymore.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a nice story to read with your child when s/he is sick. It won't take the place of the event being missed, but it could lighten their day.

Pros: The story will resonate with children who have missed an event because they were sick. It offers a creative way for them to 'enjoy' their time at home in bed.

Cons: The premise of the story is great: you can create your own holiday. As presented, though,it probably won't garner much interest beyond those days when your child is home sick in bed.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is one that is a nice periodic read, like when your child is sick.

If You Liked This Book, Try: LIZZY AND SKUNK   DEAR FISH   THE TOPSY-TURVY TOWEL

Educational Themes: This is a simple presentation of the theme that there is a silver lining to every cloud. It encourages the use of a child's imagination ... helping them understand that being sick doesn't mean they can't create their own playtime.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, music, health, illness

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2006

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