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Notice what attracts your children's attention, even if they only look at the pictures. Then build on that interest; ... More
Summary: Sam is awakened by the sound of melting snow. Still, there's enough snow to play in for now. When Sam, Sally and Suzy took a fall off their sled, they found something very interesting. Not sure what it is, the trio imagines all kinds of things that silver disc can be. This is a story that celebrates and encourages kids to use their imaginations.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 2 to 8
Age of Child: Read with 4½-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler joined in with the imaginary activities described by Sam, Suzy, and Sally. When we finished reading this the first time, all other activity (like fixing dinner) had to stop so that we could make a telescope!
Adult Reader Reaction: It was nice to see Sam again, this time engaged with friends in pretend play. The activities page in the back offer some great opportunities for further exploration and fun ... much more so than the first book.
Pros: The story is as freewheeling as you want it to be. The activities in the back give you opportunities to do things with your child. Best of all, though, it demonstrates how friends can take on a role in someone else's imaginary scene! and then take their own turn.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. You (and especially your kids) will find lots of uses for this book.
Educational Themes: This is a great baseline for encouraging imaginative play. Whether you have something shiny and round, or want kids to imagine other objects, this is a good place to start. You can also go beyond the imaginative play to more serious "study" of planets, pirates, French culture and food, and music.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, interactive learning, shapes