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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Summary: A farmer named Chuck and his barnyard friends strike up a band. Each animal gets to pick their instrument. The cat is not happy with any instruments, and decides instead to use some earmuffs so he can take a nap while they all play their music. This is a rhyimg story set on the farm.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, remedial reader
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 2 to 6
Reading Level: 2.1
Age of Child: Read with four-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter liked the rhyming and laughed at seeing all the different animals playing instruments. It wasn't a book she wanted to read again; she said it was silly.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the pictures the most, but also liked the creative rhyming.
Pros: The pictures in this book are incredible, and the story is creative.
Cons: Some may think there is too much rhyming.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Although the pictures invite you into the book I don’t feel it is a classic story. It is just a cute story to read once or twice. I would be sure a library had it in their collection.