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Summary: This is a dictionary that is sorted by category (e.g., music) and groups items to help children identify them. This is a picture book for young children.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 0 to 4
Age of Child: Read with nearly 4-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler was quite proud of the fact that s/he knew many of the objects without being asked/prompted. It lead to subsequent independent "reading" without Mom or Dad around.
Adult Reader Reaction: It was fun to watch our preschooler teach Pooh words. As a teaching tool, parents need to have this book in their library very early on.
Pros: The book allows very young children to recognize things that are similar. The illustrations are bright and the objects offer variety beyond your normal fare.
Cons: None, really.
Borrow or Buy: This could go either way. If you're looking for a great book for new parents. Go with this one (and the others In this set). For preschoolers, borrow it at the library, it's shelf-life will be short.
Educational Themes: This is a great toddler book for object identification. You can play guessing games, matching games (e.g., color) and word games.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book series
Date(s) Reviewed: November 2005
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