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Author: Caroline Mockford

Illustrator: Caroline Mockford

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Publisher: Barefoot Books,

Material: board book

Summary: Cleo is a cat. On each page, a letter is paired with an object that starts with the same letter. There is also a short sentence about the object. Cleo or a person interact with the object. This sturdy board book takes your child on an ABC learning adventure with Cleo the cat.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 3; read yourself: 4 to 6

Interest Level: 1 to 4

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

Young Reader Reaction: My son liked the cute cat and pointed out the familiar objects. We read this together, but he also picked it up to flip through the pages on his own.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the book, but then I didn't. The pictures in this book are vibrant and clear. I like any alphabet book, but we both lost interest in Cleo by the end. I didn't like the fact that the text doesn't explicitly name the object. For example, "A is crunchy and red," but there is no "apple. "

Pros: Colorful pages and cute characters will attract young children. This is an interesting book for initial letter recognition.

Cons: Although this is a great book for reading to young children, I would avoid sharing it with beginning readers.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Only because board books, when well loved, wear out. This is not the greatest literature, but the colors attract young minds and they will like handling a book that's just the right size for them.

If You Liked This Book, Try: And Here's to You! CLEO'S COLOR BOOK   ABC SAFARI   ALPHABET BOOK (Usborne Farmyard Tales)

Educational Themes: This is a book to help kids with letter recognition and sounds. It also helps with textural descriptions of objects so that kids engage other senses and can build their sensory vocabulary (e.g., crunchy, cold, sweet, red).

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, literacy

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2009

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