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Summary: We join Spot for a day on the beach and can participate in his fun with touch and feel features on every page. In this adventure, Spot enjoys the beach with plenty of opportunities for toddlers to touch and feel.
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 1 to 6
Age of Child: Started reading with child 19 months old.
Young Reader Reaction: S/her enjoyed touching the "plastic" ball on the cover and the scratchy "sand." Simple words caught his/her attention and s/he attempted to repeat them.
Adult Reader Reaction: A simple, fun book about being at the beach that a toddler can pick up and create stories with.
Pros: This is a book with a story that can be whatever the child wants. The touch-and-feel activities offer extensions of play that go well beyond the text itself.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is fun, but not a book that will grow with child.
Educational Themes: On every page, toddlers have the chance to use skills to learn/contrast smooth/rough, soft/hard and other sensations.
Literary Categories: Fiction - animal stories, picture book
Date(s) Reviewed: September 2003
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