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LET'S START! NEW ADVENTURES BOX: KEVIN'S SEASIDE PICNIC; CLARA GOES TO SCHOOL; TIMOTHY FLIES SOUTH; DESMOND's BIRTHDAY PARTY

Author: Todd & Wayne South

Illustrator: Todd & Wayne South

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Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books

Material: board book

Summary: Each of these stories offers an adventure for its main character: Kevin (the cat) spends a day at the beach; we share Clara's (the Cow) first day of school; Timothy (the toucan) flies south in search of warmer weather; and Desmond prepares for his birthday. Collectively, these four books (in a case) teach numbers, opposites colors and telling time.

Type of Reading: playtime reading

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: 5 to 7

Interest Level: 1 to 3

Age of Child: Started reading with child 22 months.

Young Reader Reaction: The simple pictures and bright colors are inviting. S/He selects this case of books everyday.

Adult Reader Reaction: These stories are engaging and fun to read. They are great books to introduce counting, opposites, colors and telling time because the lessons are integral to the stories themselves.

Pros: The multi-pack, kid-friendly case is great for at home or travel. These books make the lessons so easy s/he is learning without even thinking about it.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This set of books is cost-friendly; makes for fun family reading and learning; and is great for travel or home-reading.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BARN CAT: A COUNTING BOOK   COLORS; A Razzle Dazzle Book   THE FOOT BOOK; Dr. Seuss's Wacky Book of Opposites

Educational Themes: Counting, opposites, colors and telling time are the lessons taught in each book, respectively.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, math

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2004

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