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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
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.