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Summary: When tourists drop their visitors guide to Washington, DC, Cha-Cha and Zee decide to explore their hometown. They leave their friends at the National Zoo and take us to museums, monuments, and buildings that symbolize the nation's capital. This is a pictoral guidebook, narrated by two penguins.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 10; read yourself: 10 and Up
Interest Level: 4 to 10
Age of Child: Read with child nearly 5 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child focused more on the penguins in the photos and some of their antics. S/He did like "revisiting" some of the places of our former home town.
Adult Reader Reaction: The premise for the story is great, and the book offers some factoids about people, places, and things in our history. The presentation falls short. The text blocks (vice traditional linear reading) are distracting.
Pros: The book offers children a preview of things they will might see in Washington, DC. The photos are creative.
Cons: This is VERY basic for the upper range of this target audience. Before the book ends, you're already being set up for a sequel.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. If you're visiting Washington, DC, it will give your child some visual and factual references in advance.
Notes: The target audience provided by the publisher (3 to 10) is broader than that listed at borders.com (4 to 8)
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, geography
Date(s) Reviewed: September 2006
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