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Summary: Interactive rhymes with instructions encourage a child's movement in these rhymes. Parent activity ideas complements this collection of classic nursery rhymes and songs.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, interactive reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 2; read yourself: 5 to 7
Interest Level: 0 to 2
Reading Level: 3.8
Age of Child: Read with a boy 1½ years old.
Young Reader Reaction: We already knew several of the rhymes, which are very popular with my son. He alwyas laughs. In addition, he would sit down with the book on his own to flip through the colorful pages. He wasn't as interested in the rhymes if the movement wasn't being performed, too.
Adult Reader Reaction: Stimulation is a key learning element for young infants. I love the rhymes and interactive play in this book. Since I knew the rhymes already, the book was a hinderance to my interactions. I would LOVE it for a new parent.
Pros: This is a great book to share with infants from newborn to 1 year and beyond. The sturdy pages are designed to handle lots of reading. The colorful illustrations and interactive rhymes encourage "hands-on" reading.
Cons: Once you know the rhyme, it is not as useful for interactive reading. The rhymes are not as interesting when they are read. They need to be acted out.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a great book for new parents or educators of new parents. I would buy this for a new parent.
Educational Themes: This is a great tool for a new parent learning how to interact with an infant at a stage in the child's life where rhythm, limb movement, and eye contact are critical for brain development.
Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 3.8 - high because of parental instructions
Literary Categories: fiction - picture book, rhyming book, interactive reading, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: November 2008
Other Reviews: No Critics' Reviews or reader feedback found at amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com.
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