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Lead by example. Let your children see you reading for pleasure in your spare time.
Publisher: Carl R. Sams II Photography, Inc., ï¿½2004
Material: hard cover
Summary: What is that fawn (baby deer) doing alone in the woods? Each of the animals takes a turn to ask him where his mother is, because babies shouldn't be alone in the woods. Mom returns and together they go off into the woods. This is a photographic story about a springtime day in the woods.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 7
Reading Level: 2.9
Age of Child: Read with 5-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: We didn't think that this book really interested our child (we've had it on the shelf and tried reading it for about a year), but then, all of a sudden it was the "must have" for about a week. S/He is particularly intrigued by trying to find the camouflaged animals.
Adult Reader Reaction: The photographs make the book, the story is just "there" and seems a little bit forced.
Pros: This photo-story is perfect for quiet reading together. The seek-and-find activity is an added benefit for exploring the book together.
Cons: The plot has great potential for teaching young children about straying or getting lost, the presentation is a little stilted. Because the deer isn't really lost, it may take some twisting to help young kids make the connections.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. The photography is exquisite and the pages invite lots of exploring with or without the story.
Educational Themes: There is plenty to explore with this book, from seasons and colors to animal habits and habitat. You can keep it simple (mom and baby) or get more sophisticated (camouflage). Although it isn't related to Stranger in the Wood it is a nice complement and the two should be considered together, as they offer great contrasts of the same environment.