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IN THE KITCHEN (Learning Center Emergent Reader Series)

Author: Susan Canizares and Betsy Chissen

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Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.,

Material: board book

Summary: This is collection of photographs of kids cooking illustrates the types of activities that go on in the kitchen. Toddlers can learn about the kitchen and early readers can use the simple text to build vocabulary and word recognition.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 3; read yourself: 4 to 6

Interest Level: 1 to 5

Age of Child: Started reading with child 19 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: Toddler flipped through the pages often as if relating the the photos to her experiences.

Adult Reader Reaction: Active photographs and simple descriptive sentences make this a quick read. Lots to point out in the pictures including potential safety lessons

Pros: There are lots of things to describe in the photos, beyond the printed text...including safety lessons!

Cons: This book isn't likely to hold a toddler's attention very long. It is too soon to estimate its value as a book for beginning readers.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It is an engaging book, but it probably won't be a repeated 'must read.'


Educational Themes: The book introduces cooking, baking, and kitchen activities and presents opportunities to teach about important safety issues.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, math

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2003

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