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FAIRIES (Usborne Sparkly Touchy-Feely Book)

Author: Fiona Watt

Illustrator: Helen Wood

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Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd,

Material: board book

Summary: The world outside is filled with fairies, and they are very busy. Step outside and help them in their work ... in the garden, in the treetops, making snow, and helping the stars sparkle. This is a touch-and-feel board book for young children.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 6

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

Young Reader Reaction: Even at six, our daughter loves books she can play with. They help engage her in listening and enjoying the reading. The text was simple enough that after just a few readings, she could begin to recite it herself.

Adult Reader Reaction: We would classify this as a book for preschoolers, but there are few touch-and-feel books written for younger elementary kids. Our daughter learns by touching and interacting as she learns, and this book had enough text to offer opportunities to practice reading and sight words.

Pros: Girls will love following the fairies through their day, particularly the chance to "touch" their world.

Cons: None for this book. It would be nice to have more books for older kids. Preschoolers aren't the only kinesthetic learners.

If You Liked This Book, Try: 1001 THINGS TO SPOT IN FAIRYLAND (Usborne)   GOOD NIGHT SWEET BUTTERFLIES: A COLOR DREAMLAND   THE GREAT PRINCESS CONTEST

Educational Themes: The bright colors, textures, and over-sized insects offer you the chance to build on object identification with toddlers and preschoolers. Kindergarteners and first graders can use this to help with reading. They will learn the story quickly, and by reciting (if not really reading) will gain confidence in their abilities.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book interactive learning

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2008

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