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DAKOTA GETS LOST (The Playdate Kids)

Author: Annie Thiel, Ph.D. and Tena Fanning

Illustrator: William M. Edwards

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Publisher: Playdate Kids Publishing, ½2007

Material: paperback

Summary: It is Grandma Grace's 80th birthday. Dakota and her Mom head to the mall to buy a present. Together, they decided on a tea set; but while Mom was picking out the perfect one, Dakota wandered away and didn't answer her call. Now Mom was scared ... and so was Dakota. What should she do? This picture book allows parents to introduce the concept of getting lost (and what to do) for young children.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, developing reader

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 6

Reading Level: 2.7

Age of Child: Read with 6-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our child could relate to the story, as s/he has been separated from us in stores. Before asking us to read it, s/he spent lots of time going back and forth between the pages.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story served as a great reminder about our "store rules" and what to do if/when you can't see Mommy or Daddy. This is a story that will be helpful to have. It's the kind of book you can keep in the car to let kids "read" themselves.

Pros: This is a handy paperback that you can read at home or keep in the car. You don't necessarily have to read it, because the illustrations convey the message, too.

Cons: There is a lot of color in the illustrations, and the text isn't always a "stand-out." Mom shopping in a bikini top was a bit of a surprise, too.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a very good book to have handy with preschoolers and Kindergarteners, in particular. It is one that you can read several times and then use as a reminder.


Educational Themes: This is all about personal safety. The story sets the stage, and the tips in the back make it easy to create your family's rules about going out in crowded places and/or getting lost.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, family, safety

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2007

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