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Publisher: Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,
Material: hard cover
Summary: Original poems (like Typical Day), fun illustrations (like the Periodic Chart of Table Manners); and remakes of classics — like This Little Piggy — celebrate and imagine the world through the eyes of a child. This poetry collection goes beyond the expected rhymes that usually fill children’s books of poems. This is acollection of poems that introduces kids to different formats of poetry.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: The simplicity is elegant. The poems are fun, not just for kids. The wordplay is clever and the pen-and-ink illustrations add to the fun. There is a poem (or two or three) for everyone.
Pros: When you read The Wonder Book, plan to giggle, guffaw and share some hugs! Let the kids take the lead and pick the poems / illustrations they want to share.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. Like Shel Silverstein books, The Wonder Book is one that you and your kids will return to time and time again.
Educational Themes: Enjoy reading this at home; have fun at school with a poetry unit. Given the word-play — both double entendre and also re-purposed words — you can have fun with language, too. With upper elementary and middle school students, work with the illustrations to explore art.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.