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THE LEAPING GRASSHOPPER

Author: Jeanne Archambault

Illustrator: Dwight Smith

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Publisher: Jitterbug Books, ©2006

Material: hard cover

Summary: A grasshopper is busy jumping from place to place. He's so happy with what he's doing, he doesn't realize he is ruining everyone else's day. Enter a grasshopper's world in this rhyming adventure.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read.

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 2 to 6

Age of Child: Read with child who is six years old.

Young Reader Reaction: Our child was struck by the grasshopper and his bouncing all over the place. S/He commented that the grasshopper jumped on the ladybug and probably hurt her.

Adult Reader Reaction: It wasn't until we got to close to the end that we saw a theme to the story. We thought the grasshopper was just describing what other animals do as he went about his day; we didn't realize he was just oblivious to others.

Pros: Kids will likely want to jump like a grasshopper with this one. For emerging readers, there is lots of vocabulary to work with.

Cons: The characters in the illustrations don't offer a level of detail that help you discern whether the grasshopper is just busy or whether he is disrupting something. The subtlety of the presentation would seem to be lost on the preschool target audience without lots of external help.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book full of rhyming text, with pages that allow for object identification.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE VERY BUSY SPIDER   THE JESTER HAS LOST HIS JINGLE   MOONBEAR'S FRIEND

Educational Themes: Once you understand there are lessons you can teach, focus your child on the grasshopper's activities and ask questions about what he's doing and how s/he would feel.

Notes: 2008 Silver Recipient: Adventure, Moms Choice Awards

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal stories

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2007

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