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TOTALLY POLAR

Author: Marty Crisp

Illustrator: Viv Eisner

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Publisher: Northland Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: It may be summer, but Peter dreams of the fun of winter: lots and lots of snow, hot chocolate and no school! Peter's imaginiative wanderings describe the joys of winter with rhyme and humor.

Type of Reading: playtime reading

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 2 to 7

Reading Level: 3.2

Age of Child: Read with child 21 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/Her enjoyed the pictures and the rhyming narrative, but the book was too much to keep her attention very long.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is an engaging story that is fun to read aloud.

Pros: This is a great book for talking about all the fun that winter brings.

Cons: This book is too long for toddlers. Stick with the recommended age group.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow this book if you're reading with a toddler. With a child in preschool or grade school, consider buying it. It will likely become a favorite reminder of winter and may be a good one to have when the air conditioner goes kerplooey!

If You Liked This Book, Try: WHEN WINTER COMES: A LULLABY   THE SNOWY DAY  

Educational Themes: Peter's dreams offer lots of opportunity to learn about all facets of winter…real and imagined! The repetitive rhyming will help encourage memorization.

Literary Categories: Fiction - nature, fantasy, poetry

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2003

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