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BECKA AND THE BIG BUBBLE: BECKA GOES TO THE NORTH POLE

Author: Gretchen Schomer Wendel and Adam Anthony Schomer

Illustrator: Damon Renthrope

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Publisher: Waterside Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Becka closed her eyes hoping to find adventure. Then it hit! So she blew a big, big bubble and it carried her to the North Pole. She talked with a snowman, saw the elves, and got to meet Santa and tell him she has been good all year. Luckily, she was home in time for supper. This is an illustrated fantasy picture book for the Christmas season.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Read with 6-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Before we had a chance to read this book, our daughter picked it up and "wrote" her own story, based strictly on the illustrations. When we read it together, she was disappointed that her story did not match. This was a one-time read, as we could not get her interested in the book again.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a book with lots of potential, except that you flit through the events so fast the characters are more illustration than substance. Both Mom and Dad (having read the book independently) commented on the awkwardness of the rhymes (sometimes they didn't match well at all). Mrs. Claus is the best illustrated of the characters. The rest look like they were highly influenced by the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer show.

Pros: This illustrated story combines adventure fantasy with a quick trip to the North Pole. The subject is one that is near and dear to kids' hearts.

Cons: The idea of traveling on a bubble is a great concept. This particular story just wasn't a favorite in our house.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The story is one that kids will like because it has a favorite character (Santa).

If You Liked This Book, Try: AUNTIE CLAUS   CHRISTMAS AT THE CANDLE FACTORY   AN ORNAMENTS' TALE

Educational Themes: This is really meant to be a story to share for recreational reading. That said, there are fun things you can do to bring the book alive. It would only take a little bit of imagination to create your own kind of imaginary transportation and contrive adventures.

Notes: Becka and the Big Bubble series won the Country Rose Award for Best New Series of Children's Books 2007.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, adventure, Christmas

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2007

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found at the time of this review. See reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.




                 

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