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PAT THE BIRTHDAY BUNNY (lift-the-flap/activity book)

Author: Edith Kunhardt

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Publisher: Golden Books Publishing Co., Inc, ©2001

Material: board book

Summary: Judy & Paul plan to celebrate their bunny's first birthday. A good book for introducing the idea of a birthday celebration.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 4 to 6

Interest Level: 0 to 3

Age of Child: Started reading with child 15 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He likes to try the activities, whether it's one of the pop-up activities or imaginative play.

Adult Reader Reaction: Cute story, seems somewhat limited by the focus on bunny's first birthday.

Pros: Cute story with plenty of touch, feel and do activities in the book.

Cons: Despite being careful, the flaps get torn quickly. Some of the motion activities (like waving bunny's hand) must be done just right, or you won't see the motion.If you wait to read this for the recommended age group, the idea of celebrating a first birthd

Borrow or Buy: You probably won't find this one in the library. It's cute enough to buy, but there are better pop-ups for $10. The story itself isn't so original that your child won't know about birthday celebrations even before you read the book.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BEATRIX POTTER SHAPED BOARD BOOKS (SET OF FOUR: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, the Tale of Tom Kitten)   THE SNOWMAN (activity book)   SPOT'S LITTLE BOOK OF FUN: AT THE BEACH (touch and feel)

Educational Themes: It's a nice story for explaining how everyone makes a birthday special.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal stories, holiday, interactive reading

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2003

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