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“A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.”
Summary: When you want to sing a song, read a poem or just say some silly words, you can pick all or parts of this book to read. Although this is billed as a bed-time book, it is light-hearted and playful enough to be read any time of day.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 1 to 6
Age of Child: Started reading with child at 9 months and still reading at nearly 5 years.
Young Reader Reaction: The stories were an immediate hit, and toys began taking on character names. At 22 months, s/he loved to recite the songs and poems…and takes great pride in the activity.
Adult Reader Reaction: Not sure if toddler or Daddy loves this one more!
Pros: It's lyrical, farcical & fun to read. The little one is always attentive when this one's being read. Because you can ad lib and pick/choose what you want to read, it handles ALL of the demands for "this one."
Cons: None…unless you can't make up your own tune to the song.
Borrow or Buy: Buy it. With its sturdy binding and repeated readings, it'll be a close call on whether the book wears out before you do, or vice versa. If you want to hear the songs, be sure to get the Philadelphia Chickens
Educational Themes: It's okay to be silly…and its fun to make up words and songs.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, poetry, rhyming book
Date(s) Reviewed: August 2003, September 2006
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