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Author: Nancy J. Cloyd and Delia Bowman Wach

Illustrator: Delia Bowman Wach

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Publisher: Headline Books, Inc.

Material: hard cover

Summary: A series of watercolor pictures of familiar objects and animals combine with textual exercises to encourage reading development for infants and toddlers. This is a guided picture book for parents to share with toddlers and preschoolers.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 5; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 1 to 4

Age of Child: Read with boys 1½- and 3½-years old.

Young Reader Reaction: My 3-year-old liked identifying the objects. We only read this once, as he wasn't interested in reading it again.

Adult Reader Reaction: This was too simple for my children. The pictures are nice and it is okay for teaching a new parent how to use books to interact with infants.

Pros: Nice pictures and good artwork combine well in this book that offers parents a good teaching tool for reading.

Cons: There is no story, so it is easy to lose a child's interest.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. New parents will find this a useful tool for learning how to read with infants and toddlers. The same tools can be used as they move from simple words and rhymes to more sophisticated stories, too.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BOUNCE AND JIGGLE (Baby Gym Series)   WIGGLE AND MOVE (Baby Gym Series)   COLORS; A Razzle Dazzle Book

Educational Themes: This is a good primer for novice parents. It will help them understand effective ways to read books to infants. With these skills, parents may be better able to apply these techniques to other books.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2008

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