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DIRT ON MY SHIRT

Author: Jeff Foxworthy

Illustrator: Steve Bjorkman

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2008

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is a collection of rhyming poems about funny subjects and funny family members. Readers are encouraged to participate in a poem called "What Do You See?" The illustrated poems in this story offer kids a down-to-earth look at poetry and life.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Read with a 4-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter liked the majority of the poems. A few of them were too hard for her to understand. She laughed at some of the poems, and asked me to explain some of the others.

Adult Reader Reaction: I thought the book was fun in a clean, friendly way. I knew my daughter liked some of the poems when she started laughing, but I wasn't expecting her to like them that much.

Pros: The book shows children how to enjoy everyday things and to look at things in life and make them funny.

Cons: Some of the poems made fun of family members. It was done in fun but it might offend some readers.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Not all poems will be for all readers/listeners.

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Educational Themes: You could use this book to inspire kids to write poetry. Since these are poems about everyday life and people they would know (aunts, uncles, grandparents), you can show them that poems can be about anyone/anything ... and they don't have to be serious.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, poetry, family, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2008

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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