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Summary: With poetry, song, and humor, Maddie brings us back to Mokiville to teach us about the months and seasons of the year, introduce new French vocabulary, and share some fun. This is picture book and CD for multi-media learning.
Type of Reading: Family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, advanced reader, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Shared with 4½-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our kindergartner enjoyed the pictures that went with each of the month's poems. It's been hard to get her back to the book, but she asks to hear the "wiggly music" periodically.
Adult Reader Reaction: We absolutely loved the first book Unique Monique, especially the CD. For reading, this is a much better book, but the CD is not nearly as captivating or diverse. In fact, it is quite monotonous.
Pros: The book lays out an exceptional format for learning. The story helps parents expand their child's vocabulary in French and English.
Cons: None, really, except for the CD. While repetition is valuable, the beat doesn't change making the redux/Karaoke version of each song seem to pop up more quickly.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. This could go either way. We like the book, and it does have longer-term shelf life because of all that it offers. Still, it isn't one we'd characterize as a book your kids will want to read to their kids.
Educational Themes: The book is easily parsed into lessons about the seasons and months, as well as French vocabulary. With just a little stretch, you could use it as a way of introducing journal writing.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, series book, interactive learning, foreign language, French
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