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"A smaller percentage of 17 year olds saw adults reading in their homes in 1999 than in 1984."
Summary: Achoo! It happens to all of us. This short story about the etiquette of blowing your nose is complemented with a simple rhyming song to help kids remember to grab a tissue instead of their sleeve. This picture book combines a story with music (and CD) to teach preschoolers about personal hygiene.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 7
Interest Level: 3 to 6
Age of Child: Started reading with child nearly 6 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child couldn't read this book enough. We read it a couple of times, but then all s/he wanted to do was look at the pictures while listening to the CD. Ultimately the book was cast aside to sing/dance with the music.
Adult Reader Reaction: Although the book may introduce vocabulary you don't like, it will get your child focused on the PROCESS of blowing their noses. The upbeat song makes it easy for them to remember.
Pros: This picture book/CD product gives kids information they will quickly absorb to help with that age-old problem of using your sleeves. The kid-friendly content is complemented by factual information to explain what happens in your body, too.
Cons: The topic of explaining what happens (as well as the pictures) are graphic, so be prepared for "yuck" and "gross."
Borrow or Buy: Buy. Your kids will like the book and music, and you will likely need to pull it out as a reminder for a couple of cold/flu seasons.
Educational Themes: The story, music and body facts page let you talk about sneezes and blowing your nose as colloquially or as scientifically as you want. If you can read sheet music, you can play the song live!
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, health