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Summary: Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka are triplets. On Christmas morning they find ice skates under the tree. When they visit Aunt Lisa, they'll have a chance to use them on the frozen pond. Aunt Lisa's neighbor Bertie loves the girls' dog Mike and chases him all over the ice. When Bertie and Mike fall into the water, the girls must think fast to help them. This is a picture book with a style akin to Dick and Jane stories.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 9 and up
Interest Level: 5 to 7
Reading Level: 3.2
Age of Child: Read with and by a 10-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: The idea of paper dolls intrigued our daughter, but she struggled to finish the book. She predicted exactly what would happen to Bertie well before the ice broke, and thought the whole thing was "fake."
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a very stylized story. It will remind parents of reading Dick and Jane books. The illustrations are sweet and the idea of having triplets as stars will be attractive, but the text is dry, repetitive, and awkward.
Pros: Sweet illustrations and a happy ending make this a nice selection for reading at the holidays.
Cons: It may be too old fashioned for today's audiences. There are TWO versions - one has paper dolls, one does not. That can be confusing when you are thinking about buying the book.
Borrow or Buy: Skip. This is a book that parents and grandparents will think of wistfully, but kids today are not likely to enjoy its quaintness.
Educational Themes: This has potential as an easy reader. There is a lot of text, but there is also a lot of white space and repetition. With younger audiences it could be a lesson about listening to your parents and safety.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, life lessons, Christmas, series
Date(s) Reviewed: December 2012
Other Reviews: See Critics Reviews at barnesandnoble.com; and reader feedback at amazon.com.