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WAKING UP WENDELL

Author: April Stevens

Illustrator: Tad Hills

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Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Morning is here. One at a time, each of the neighbors on Fish Street wake up. But each one in a different way: one is awoken by a bird, another by a dog, and so on. At the end of the street, in the last house (and the last to wake up) is baby Wendell. Thiis rhyming picture book has several layers to engage kids in reading, counting, and learning about neighborhood life.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: This is a book our child picked ... and we read it several times. She laughed at how each neighbor was waking up the next person on the street. She talked about the book later, too.

Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed the book because it was easy to read and had a fun, quick story about people waking up and what they do when they first get up.

Pros: Kids will enjoy this light-hearted story about mornings in the neighborhood. The rhymes offer a chance to play with words; and the house numbers can introduce counting.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a fun story to read.

If You Liked This Book, Try: HEY! WAKE UP!   WAKE UP, IT'S SPRING   THE COZIEST BED IN THE WORLD

Educational Themes: There are several layers to this book. You can read it just for fun, you can use it for object identification and counting, and you can also talk about morning routines. The story gives you a chance to show kids in a light-hearted way that what they do does affect others. It also shows them that everyone is different (has different routines) and that's Okay, too.

Literary Categories: fiction - picture book, people and places, math

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2008

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