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BLAST OFF, BABY BUNDT! A RECIPE FOR PLAYTIME

Author: Jamie Harper

Illustrator: Jamie Harper

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Publisher: Candlewick Press, ©2009

Material: hard cover

Summary: Baby Bundt and family are going to spend the day outside. They pack g snacks, chalk, pails, and bubbles. Baby Bundt has a good time with everything there. He even rides on a rocket toy at the park. Baby Bundt’s day is especially great because he enjoys his sister playing along beside him. This is a board book for toddlers and preschoolers.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 5 and up

Interest Level: 1 to 3

Age of Child: Read with a 2-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: I laid two books on the floor and he picked this one to read first. My son giggled at the pictures of the sister and brother playing together. He pointed to the pages where the children are playing in the sand and then pointed to himself. He wanted to jump in and play, too. Needless to say, he wanted to read it again. After I read it the first time, he opened the book and began trying to gather all of the items Baby Bundt's family had collected and place them next him.

Adult Reader Reaction: I was surprised he liked it so much and had me read it to him over and over! I liked the pictures, and the simple story worked well. I liked that it showed a brother and sister playing together, as that reflects our family.

Pros: Kids will see themselves in this easy to use story about a family outing. This is a great family book to read together.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book with lots of utility, from object identification to learning how to play together. I would buy this for any family that had two or more children.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BISCUIT'S PET AND PLAY EASTER   FRECKLES AND THE GREAT BEACH RESCUE   SUNNY BUNNIES

Educational Themes: There are lots of ways to use this book. With young toddlers, you can explore the items and practice identification. Copy the book by asking your child to find the objects the Bundt family packed and then go play outside. There's also an opportunity to teach the lesson that you make the most of what you have, as Baby Bundt had to play with the toys that were there.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2009

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