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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Summary: This is a lift-the-flap book. On each page, two animals are playing together. You lift the flap to see two toddlers doing the same thing. This board book series uses flaps and simple language to engage toddlers in sharing a book. This is a board book with flaps to engage toddlers and preschoolers in discovering the story.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 3; read yourself: 4 to 6
Interest Level: 0 to 4
Age of Child: Read with 2-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: My son loved manipulating the flaps and the animals. We read together several times and he also read it on his own.
Adult Reader Reaction: I like that my son could see how children interact in a positive manner. The colorful illustrations and the interactive nature of the book kept my son focused and encouraged him to pick up the book on his own.
Pros: Colorful illustrations, flaps, and animals get kids involved in reading. The diversity of animals and kids with different skin colors and disabilities also add to the depth of the book.
Cons: This is not a series where you read more than one book at a sitting.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. These are great books. They may not be classics but most board books show wear after 1 or 2 kids, and these are sturdy. The themes will also continue to grow with them for several years.
Educational Themes: Even though the audience is toddlers and preschoolers, you can help them understand relationships, tolerance, and (implied) acceptance of children who are different from you. The images model good "friend" behavior using animals and kids.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal stories, interactive learning, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: September 2009
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews at barnesandnoble.com. No reader feedback found at the time of this review.