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"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
Summary: Katy Duck gets a beautiful boa. She decides she wants to wear it for the day. Her Mother suggests she leave it at home, but she wears it anyway. The story shows how her boa bothers other people. She finally realizes it in her dance class and apologizes for ruining everyone else’s dancing. This is a book for toddlers and preschoolers about saying your sorry.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 4 to 6
Interest Level: 1 to 5
Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter loved the story, especially the beautiful boa that is on every page. This is a book that she picked and wanted to read again. She noticed that the boa was bothering the other animals and was getting in their way.
Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed the story and pictures. I liked that the duck learned a lesson about listening to her Mother. I also liked that the duck apologized to her friends. I was not surprised my daughter liked the book, I could see it on her face when she saw the cover.
Pros: This is a story filled with teaching opportunities, including helping young children understand that their actions do have consequences.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Your library should definitely have this book. I would not buy it for a home library as the story is so short and there is no surprise after reading it once.
Educational Themes: This book will help kids understand that parents sometimes say "no" for a reason. It also has an important lesson about listening, feelings, and that it is good to apologize when we can see we are hurting or bothering someone else.
Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from their local library.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal stories, life lessons
Date(s) Reviewed: April 2008, May 2015
Other Reviews: See reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.