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FAMILY: A FIRST POEM BOOK ABOUT FAMILY (Patchwork Series)

Author: Felicia Law

Illustrator: Paula Knight

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Publisher: Mercury Junior, ©2005

Material: hard cover

Summary: This collection of poems describe being a family. This is a picture book for preschoolers

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

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 2 to 4

Age of Child: Read with 3-year-old child

Young Reader Reaction: My child did not want to sit still for the poem on each page.

Adult Reader Reaction: There are so many great children’s books out there. Try Animals, Animals by Eric Carle. This book features a collection of poems by great poets.

Pros: The illustrations are very bright, lively, and are very enjoyable.

Cons: The poems are sometimes negative and are too long for their target audience. I would recommend a different text. The verse is, at times, forced. Several are unnecessarily negative, like this “My little sister is a horrid, horrid child.” This poem continues in much the same way and ends with, “And Mom agrees she’s naughty but still she gets her way!”

Borrow or Buy: Borrow it.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GRANDMA's TREASURE CHEST   THE THRIFT STORE BEARS   HORACE

Educational Themes: You can use the book to introduce or talk about the concept of an extended family

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, series book, poetry

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2006

Other Reviews: No Critics' Reviews and reader feedback.




                 

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