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BALL (A Baby Unplugged Book)

Author: John Hutton, MD

Illustrator: Andrea King

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Publisher: blue manatee press, 2012

Material: board book

Summary: This rhyming board book looks at all kinds of spheres. At first the balls are the round objects, and then the round objects in pictures become balls with descriptive action words, all in rhyme. This is a concept book for toddlers and preschoolers, part of the Baby Unplugged series.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 3; read yourself: 4 to 6

Interest Level: 1 to 4

Age of Child: Read with children ages 7 months and nearly 3 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: My 7 month old sat through this once, but then was not interested. My 2 year old asked to read it again.

Adult Reader Reaction: This book flowed nicely when read aloud and covered interesting themes in the pictures such as seasons, space, food,and activities. The children in the pictures were diverse too. My first impression was that I did not like the book and found it strange, but now I appreciate how many different themes it offers. I do not like the picture on the cover however because it is difficult for young children to make out the letters in the title.

Pros: Kids love balls! The illustrations show action, and the rhyme is nice and flows well. This is just the right length for young audiences.

Cons: Young readers may have difficulty reading the stylized letters that comprise the title.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Each reading brings a new find -- different colored words, a new activity to discuss, etc. The author and illustrator pack a lot into this small book!

If You Liked This Book, Try: YARD, A BABY UNPLUGGED BOOK   YOU AND ME (New Baby Series)   LADYBUG GIRL

Educational Themes: Grab a ball and go out and play! This is a book that promotes activity and the educational power of play and discovery. Linger over the pages and ask your young reader questions, too. This is a great book for helping toddlers connect objects to the words we say that represent them.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book series, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2015

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews or reader feedback found at the time of this review.


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