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“A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.”
Summary: There are only certain things we hit, bite and push … and our friends aren't among them. The book uses a simple question and answer format to help emphasize proper social behavior for toddlers.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 1 to 5
Reading Level: 1.8
Age of Child: Started reading with 2-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He loved the question and the lift-the-flap to find the answer. We read it nearly a dozen times at the first few sittings, and it was a must-read book for several weeks.
Adult Reader Reaction: As simple and repetitive as it is, the book was exactly what we needed to help break some bad habits. Somehow reading and re-reading the book didn't sound like a broken record to her.
Pros: The illustrations and concepts are simple. The alternative objects are logical and well within the every-day environment of all toddlers.
Cons: None, really. If you don't have a dog or siblings and you think this will confuse your child, you can change the names (neighbor's pet, friends).
Borrow or Buy: This one could go either way. It is a terrific book to have on hand, and if you have more than one child, you'll wear it out!