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Summary: Chloe, Danny, Cosmos, and Dakota (The Playdate Kids) are visiting the zoo. What should they visit first? In no time, they figure out what to do ... with the help of the animals, they identify all of the parts of themselves they like. This is a picture book that blends a story and song. It comes with a CD.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 6
Age of Child: Started reading with child nearly six years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child wanted to listen to the music first before we sat to read the book. Then s/he listened and listened and listened again. Although we have now read the story a couple of times, s/he prefers just to play the CD.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fun, interactive book. The wordplay with the animal names is very clever. Since most of the story is the lyrics for the song, it doesn't require too many readings.
Pros: This picture book can help kids learn their body parts and understand differences from person to person in an easy, positive way. The music makes for learning EVERYONE can enjoy.
Cons: None, really.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. The younger the child, the more valuable the book. The music lets kids get up and move, which is perfect for this audience.
Educational Themes: The book has lots of potential. The song helps teach body parts, acceptance, and positive self image. Given the target audience, you can also teach object identification or play seek and find with the animals.
Notes: 2007-Finalist in the Indie Excellence Book Awards
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, music, interactive learning