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Publisher: LB Kids, Little, Brown and Company, ï¿½2005
Summary: Everyone is having a great time camping out in Sophie's yard. All of his friends are so confident, but Todd is afraid of the dark. If he tells his friends, will they make fun of him? This simple picture book helps kids with their fear of the dark ... and telling others about it.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8
Interest Level: 3 to 7
Reading Level: 2.5
Age of Child: Started reading with a 3-year-old girl. We read this on and off for more than a year.
Young Reader Reaction: Todd and his friends are favorites in our house, and our daughter was immediately taken with this story. It prompted her to ask about having sleepovers with her friends.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a great book for sharing with kids who are afraid of the dark, as well a those who have a hard time adjusting to sleeping in new places. It would be fun to read by flashlight, just to recreate the darkness.
Pros: Kids who are afraid of the dark will find comfort in this story about a boy and his friends.
Borrow or Buy: Buy, especially if your toddler or preschooler is afraid of the dark. It will also come in handy before that first sleepover at Grandma's or a friend's house.
Educational Themes: The format of the story makes it easy to recreate the scenes at home and to come up with ideas at home. It also has a nice lesson about assumptions ... and that just because you think you're alone in a fear, you may not be.