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GUESS ... GIGGLE ... WIGGLE

Author: Martha Swirzinski and Anita Tieman

Illustrator: Martha Swirzinski and Anita Tieman

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Publisher: Whole Child Publishing, Inc.,

Material: hard cover

Summary: A series of animals begs you to move like them, eat like them, and otherwise imagine what it would be like to be like them. Probably better for a group setting like a preschool or kindergarten. This is a book that will engage kids to move around as you read.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 6

Age of Child: Read with boys 3 and 5 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked this book. We read it together, but they didn't want to read it after the first time. My 5-year-old followed along and performed the movement activities pretty well. My 3-year-old tried his best to follow his older brother, and still moved and had fun. This book would not have worked if his older brother had not been there.

Adult Reader Reaction: Yes, I liked the book because it got my kids moving and thinking. I was underwhelmed by the pictures. They look like royalty-free clip art. The text rhymes, but because it is forced, they did not add much value to the learning process.

Pros: This is a simple picture book that will inspire exercise, movement, and pretend play.

Cons: The illustrations and rhyme detract from the book as a whole.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This could be a nice gift for a preschool or kindergarten classroom.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ANIMAL EXERCISES; POEMS TO KEEP FIT   HAVING FUN! (Just Like Us series)   MAKING FRIENDS! (Just Like Us Series)

Educational Themes: This is an opportunity to introduce animals and animal behaviors and let kids have fun acting them out.

Notes: The author 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, animal characters, health, exercise, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2010

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