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THE TALES OF TIPTOES LIGHTLY

Author: Reg Down

Illustrator: Reg Down

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Publisher: Trafford Publishing,

Material: paperback

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.

If You Liked This Book, Try: OLIVIA SAVES THE CIRCUS   I TOOK THE MOON FOR A WALK   MARVIN MONSTER'S BIG DATE

Educational Themes: The implicit messages are about respect for all things in nature; the joy of discovery and imagination; and friedship.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, easy reader, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2005

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