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IT'S CHRISTMAS (I Can Read, Level 3)

Author: Jack Prelutsky

Illustrator: Marylin Hafner

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Publisher: Greenwillow Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2008

Material: paperback

Summary: Humor and anticipation fill this selection of twelve poems for the Christmas season. Most (but not all) of the poems rhyme. This is a set of holiday poems for children learning to read.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, learning to read, developing readers, transitional readers

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 9 and Up

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Reading Level: 4.3

Age of Child: Shared with a 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter laughed at the poems, especially the one with the wishes for an elephant with wings!

Adult Reader Reaction: These were a lot of fun. They may be built for developing readers, but they pack lots of humor and tap into the emotions and thinking of their audience.

Pros: This book of holiday poetry will keep kids reading - and laughing - their way through Christmas.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is enjoyable and gives developing readers a chance to have something they can read themselves.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MY PARENTS THINK I'M SLEEPING (I Can Read book, Level 3)   RUNAWAY DREIDEL!   SANTA CLAUS AND THE THREE BEARS

Educational Themes: Enjoy these poems as read-alouds for second and third grade readers. You could extend the fun by letting kids write their own poems, or letters to Santa, or favorite holiday tradition.

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 - easy reader series, poetry, Christmas, humor, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2014

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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