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Author: Anna Ross

Illustrator: Norman Gorbaty

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Publisher: Children's Television Workshop, 1992

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is a Sesame Street book where Elmo describes the fun he had with the babysitter when his mom went to work. It's a good story to help kids relate to temporary absences--and empathize with one of their favorite charcters.

Type of Reading: Family reading, Playtime reading

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 0 to 3

Age of Child: Started reading with a child 20 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: Toddler was engaged by Elmo and the pictures. The full meaning of the story may or may not have been understood, but s/he enjoyed reading and with time, s/he will understand.

Adult Reader Reaction: This book is part of the larger Sesame Street Toddler Books series. Each of these books are well-reviewed. The three that we have are very good, and fun, because toddler enjoys the Sesame Street characters.

Pros: A good book to address separation anxiety and a favorite since it is Elmo of Sesame Street. The pages are paper, but extremely sturdy.

Cons: The book struck the parent as sad, although the topic is a tough one, and the book does a good job of addressing it, especially the last page with Mommy coming home.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, unless your dealing with a toddler who has separation anxiety. Some of the other Sesame Street toddler books are worth owning, but this just doesn't seem as much fun as they are.

If You Liked This Book, Try: HUG   FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS WITH NOTHING TO DO  

Educational Themes: This is a simple presentation on teaching children about being apart from their parents.

Notes: This book may be out of print but is available at www.Amazon.com in new and used copies. The Sesame Streeet toddler book series includes: My Name is Elmo and Say Goodnight.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2003

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