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BOOK (A Baby Unplugged Book)

Author: John Hutton, MD

Illustrator: Andrea Kang

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Publisher: blue manatee press, 2012

Material: board book

Summary: This is a rhyming book all about reading and books. It talks about books being made up of words and letters, different genres of books, and reading together with others. The Baby Unplugged series introduces infants and toddlers to objects in their world.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 3; read yourself: 3 to 5

Interest Level: 0 to 3

Age of Child: Read with an 11-month-old girl

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter liked the book, and asked to read it again. She seemed to like the illustrations and the rhyme.

Adult Reader Reaction: I did not particularly enjoy this book. While the idea of it is great: its a book about reading. The text of the book is not well-written. Some of the rhymes - like "Sunshine helps grow a flower. Books bloom with people power!" - do not even make sense to me. I'm not surprised that my daughter likes the book since it has a rhyme and colorful illustrations.

Pros: Toddlers can explore books and *see* reading in this just-the-right-size board book.

Cons: The text is not well written.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow or skip. You can use the book for exploring objects and the idea of reading. Unfortunately, the poor text quality overpowers the great theme of this book.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BLANKET, A BABY UNPLUGGED BOOK   THE BEST PLACE TO READ   THAT'S NOT MY DINOSAUR ... (Usborne Touchy-Feely Books)

Educational Themes: Explore word sounds and engage your infant / toddler with the object identification.

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: Fiction - picture book, rhyme, literacy

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2015

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


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