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Author: Joan Holub

Illustrator: Will Terry

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Publisher: Simon Spotlight,

Material: paperback

Summary: A colony of ants celebrates the coming of spring. The ants plant seeds, see the rain, and watch the seeds grow into plants and flowers. This is a pre-level 1 reader, so there are only four words on each page.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 4 to 7

Interest Level: 2 to 6

Reading Level: 0.7

Age of Child: Read by and with two boys, ages 4 and 6.

Young Reader Reaction: My boys really liked the bright illustrations and the easy words. We read this lots of times.

Adult Reader Reaction: "I liked this book OK. The format of the text is just a few words built to create rhymes for various ants' names. The text definitely challenges early readers because each page has an ant's name (Joe, Kate, Tor, Jane, etc.), so kids are exposed to a wide variety of digraphs in a very short book. Each page has only 4 words, so length is not an issue. I have seen more books with this few number of words in the book that try to focus on exposing readers to one or two digraphs at a time.

Pros: Short, 4-word phrases and rhymes will give new readers confidence. In addition to fun, colorful illustrations, kids get science, too.

Cons: Kids need to absorb LOTS of different digraphs in a short span.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It won't take long for a child to master this book and move on to more advanced readers.

If You Liked This Book, Try: CAT THE CAT WHO IS THAT (Cat the Cat Series)   OCEAN SOUP: TIDE POOL POEMS   WHAT'S YOUR SOUND HOUND THE HOUND? (Cat the Cat series)

Educational Themes: Although the primary purpose is to expose kids to new words and develop their reading abilities, readers will also learn about nature, and more specifically how seeds grow.

Notes: This publisher sent a copy of this book as part of the 2010 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Award (Cybils) process. This review is not intended to represent the opinions of the Cybils. The book will be donated to a reader in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, easy reader, nature, seasons, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2011

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