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WHAT NICHOLAS KNOWS

Author: Dale Wildman

Illustrator: Peter Sisung

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Publisher: Journey Stone Creations, LLC,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Big brothers are so smart. Our young narrator explains how his brother Nicholas knew what would happen next, even when they did things their mom told them not to do. This is a sibling book with a lesson about unconditional love.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Age of Child: Read with a child 4½ years old.

Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler listened intently as we read this book, and immediately focused on the "uh oh" moments of the boys' decisions. While she clearly recognized the choices/consequences, we had to re-read parts for her to understand the full message.

Adult Reader Reaction: We didn't like this book. There is too much distance between the events themselves and revealing the unconditional love. Also, the narrative is written in such a way that the reaction/consequences are trivialized. Because of this, young readers could readily get the wrong message: even if you don't listen to your parents, nothing really bad will happen.

Pros: The story illustrates that parents love their children no matter what they do.

Cons: The story tries to offer life lessons and humor, but falls short of doing so effectively. Even the cover illustration suggests sneakiness.

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Educational Themes: Reading this book will require additional discussion about unconditional love, making the right choices, peer pressure, especially for younger children.

Literary Categories: fiction - picture book, family, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2006

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