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Summary: Good morning. It's time for you to help the bugs wake up! This is an activity book where kids help insects wake up and play. They can pretend to be the bugs or participate in their outdoor games.
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, anytime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 1 to 3
Age of Child: First read with child 8 months old.
Young Reader Reaction: It wasn't until about a year that s/he got interested in this book. The toy bugs on top were more fun than the story. They still are.
Adult Reader Reaction: The fun of the story is diminished by the annoying toys. Because they're on a hard ring, you can't move them in the ways described by the book.
Pros: The illustrations and the story are great, and they allow for interactive play with your little one. These are extra-sturdy board book pages clearly designed to handle lots of toddler wear-and-tear.
Cons: The toys on top. They detract from the fun the story has to offer.
Borrow or Buy: This book has potential beyond just the rhymes themselves (and the toys on top). A good buy for $7.
Educational Themes: With some help from Mom & Dad, your kids can learn ring-around-the-Rosie, play leapfrog, follow the leader and engage in tag or hide-and-seek.
Notes: Now that our child is 2 years old, this title is no longer part of our collection.
Literary Categories: Fiction - animal stories, picture book
Date(s) Reviewed: August 2003
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