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Summary: Tiptoes, a faerie, and her friend Jeremy Mouse explore the Running River, helping their insect and animal friends solve the dilemmas they face. This is a chapter book that is, at its essence, a collection of short stories.
Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book, learning to read, short chapter
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 9
Age of Child: Started reading with child 3½ years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler hasn't been a big chapter-book fan, but she routinely asked for another Tiptoes Story.
Adult Reader Reaction: The chapters are short (2 to 3 page) vignettes, which makes it easy to pick up and put down, depending on your audience's attention span. Because the stories are self-contained, we can introduce chapters, but not expect a preschooler to remember a sophisticated plot from one night to the next.
Pros: The stories are very descriptive, and you can envision yourself traveling with Tiptoes and Jeremy. Each story has an illustration, which helps the preschooler visualize the tale, too.
Cons: None. We look forward to more Tiptoes. This is a book used with Eurythmy classes. It might be nice to have a CD with it.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! It's a great way to introduce the chapter book concept to young readers, and will be a book that middle-readers will enjoy a second (or third) time around.