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MY PARENTS THINK I'M SLEEPING (I Can Read book, Level 3)

Author: Jack Prelutsky

Illustrator: Yossi Abolafia

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Publisher: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Material: paperback

Summary: Rhyming verse sets the pace for this collection of 14 poems that let us share a child's world after dark: from noises at night to the stars in the sky. This is an illustrated collection of poems written for kids learning to read.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, easy reader, learning to read, read aloud book, independent reading, reluctant reader, remedial reader

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 10; read yourself: 9 and Up

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 4.8

Age of Child: Read with 6½-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter loved the poems, and the further we got into the book, the more she wanted to read herself.

Adult Reader Reaction: This was fun to read and a great way to introduce poetry to kids. Some of the poems took me back to my own childhood! Our daughter is still an emerging reader, and the poems are filled with a lot of her "word wall" and sight words.

Pros: Illustrations help bring this collection of children's poems to life. They are meant to be read out loud, and offer great opportunities to partner-read with emerging readers.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. These poems take an everyday ritual and make it fun.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WHAT A DAY IT WAS AT SCHOOL!   YOU READ TO ME, I'LL READ TO YOU! Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together   THE MAN WHO PUT WORDS ON BIRDS

Educational Themes: Kids like rhymes (they have been listening to them since their days as toddlers), and rhyming sequences help with learning to read. Read them out loud together, with each of you taking turns. The poems are loaded with sight words that Kindergarteners and first graders need to learn, but it's more fun reading them here than with flashcards. You can expand the fun by creating your own rhyming poems.

Literary Categories: Fiction - poetry, humor, easy reader, rhyme, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2008

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