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THE RAINBOW WEB (Webs to Whales Nature Tales)

Author: Cheryl Block

Illustrator: Gene Takeshita

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Publisher: Block Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Little spider's favorite thing is the rainbow that is reflected on his web each morning. When he discovers that by eating berries he can spin his own rainbow, he is most excited. That is, until the insects stop getting caught in his web. This is a picture book with lessons for being one's self, as well as understanding how nature works.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Read with 4½-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our kindergartner liked the story and loved the CD even more.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story is a familiar one. Still, it is presented nicely with simple reading and illustrations that complement the theme exactly. The CD is chock full of information related to spiders. We learned a lot, too.

Pros: The story has life lessons AND educational value. Parents will find the CD a good resource for educating kids about spiders. It's a nice counter-effort to the "yuck" and "eeks" that you normally here.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a book with long-term value for pre-readers through mid-grade elementary school students. We can envision any number of science projects heading our way.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BATS AT THE BEACH   AMAZING DOLPHINS (I Can Read! Series)   TIME For Kids: FROGS! (Science Scoops, Developing Reader)

Educational Themes: This book/CD set is multi-dimensional. You can focus on the moral of the story, or truly expand the value for science lessons (spiders, nature, rainbows).

Notes: includes multimedia CD

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

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2006

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