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TAKING IT EASY! (Just Like Us Series)

Author: Jess Stockham

Illustrator: Jess Stockham

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Publisher: Child's Play,

Material: board book

Summary: This lift-the-flap book portrays pairs of animals in low-key activities, then shows a pair of toddler friends doing the same thing. This board book series uses flaps and simple language to engage toddlers in sharing a book.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 4 to 6

Interest Level: 0 to 4

Age of Child: Read with a 2-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: My son liked lifting the flaps and looking at the animals. He would name the animals and talk about other things in the picture (sun, snow, etc.).

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a great bedtime story! The subject matter starts calm and progressively gets even calmer. The sturdy construction is much better than some other lift-the-flap books we've seen.

Pros: The colorful illustrations are fun and engaging. Lifting the flaps makes reading interactive and also helps toddlers learn how to handle a book.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy or borrow. This is a cute bedtime or nap-time book. The sturdy construction will stand up well under toddler readings and handling. I would think about buying this book for a friend or relative.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MAKING FRIENDS! (Just Like Us Series)   TIME FOR BED   HUSHABYE LILY

Educational Themes: The parallel pictures help young children see the similarities and differences between humans and animals, but also among people, too. There are opportunities to explain that playing with friends can also involve calm activities.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, interactive learning, multicultural

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2009, June 2013

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews at No reader feedback found at the time of this review.


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