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"The whole world opened to me when I learned to read." More
Summary: Mrs. Wagner and Ashley love spending time in the garden watching the animals. But when Mrs. Wagner asks Ashley for help, she is overwhelmed. She can't remember what she needs to do. Ruby Lee happened to be nearby and helps Ashley solve her dilemma. This is a picture book that helps kids see that life is more satisfying when you don't give up.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Age of Child: Read with 4 year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: "Can we read that again?" Our preschooler saw Ashley in herself (visually) and liked talking to Ruby Lee.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a beautifully told story. It's nice to find books that transcend generations and have a positive message. The illustrations capture the emotions and expressions as though they are a picture. The glossary and lesson page are nice touches, too.
Pros: The story is great, the illustrations are beautiful, and it will withstand LOTS of repeated readings without becoming boring. It talks about faith without preaching.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a must-have book for your child's personal library (especially GIRLS), as it will grow with them and could be a companion even when they are beyond the target audience age.
Educational Themes: The book is useful on several levels, for the youngest, there is a counting guide. You can complement youth religious studies, use it to teach nature and gardening, or to talk about self-confidence, faith, inner strength, or problem solving.
Notes: There is an Activity and Coloring Book, as well as a Guide to use for teaching Counting.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, nature, growing up
Date(s) Reviewed: September 2005
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