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WHAT PETE ATE FROM A to Z

Author: Maira Kalman

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Publisher: Putnam Juvenile, ©2001

Material: hard cover

Summary: Poppy Wise introduces us to family and friends as she tells us about all of the unusual things her dog Pete has eaten, starting with an Accordian. This is a light-hearted alphabet book.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, family reading

Recommended Age: 5 to 8

Age of Child: started reading at about 2 1/2

Young Reader Reaction: S/He can't get enough of this book. Some of the characters move from page to page, and s/he likes pointing to them. Now she'll read some pages herself.

Adult Reader Reaction: You have to read it slowly the first couple of times, as it's nearly a tongue-twister in spots. It's a fun twist on the usual alphabet book.

Pros: It's humorous for adults and perfectly suited to the quirky imaginations of toddlers and young readers.

Cons: You can't read it too fast or you'll get your tongue tied. A toddler who knows his letters won't let you skip any, either.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The toddler may not tire of it, but you probably ultimately will.

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Educational Themes: The alliteration of the story helps reinforce the letters and their sounds. There are also some new objects (e.g., a fez) for expanding vocabulary.

Literary Categories: fiction - picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2004

Other Reviews: See series of Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at Barnes & Noble (bn.com) and borders.com. None found.

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