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Summary: Up on the hill, the farmer puts a "for sale" sign on his little red car. Cow spots the sign and the car ... and we're off on quite an adventure. With just one word, readers can create a story of their own making.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 2 to 8
Interest Level: 2 to 6
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: In a word: Love. Love, love, love this book. This near-wordless book is meant to be shared, and I wish I had a toddler in the house. There are so many ways to "tell" the story.
Pros: The bright colors, the active illustrations, and a fun-loving cow take you for a ride you'll be reading over and over.
Cons: None, except if your child is very exacting and wants to hear the exact same story every time you read it. You'll need to remember the words you used (or record them!).
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a must have for every home library. It is a book that even toddlers will be able to read to themselves after just a few reads.
Educational Themes: With just one word, it is easy to use this as a learning-to-read book. What makes it truly fun, though, is that young readers can add as many words as they like to tell the story ... and change it however the mood strikes.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal stories, wordless book
Date(s) Reviewed: December 2013
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.