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“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.”
Summary: Papa is trying to teach Little Loon how do dive. When Little Loon wanders away, he realizes how big (and scary) the world around him is. Soon he discovers how important diving can be. This is a story about self-discovery and innate courage.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, learning to read, developmental reader
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 2 to 6
Reading Level: 2.4
Age of Child: Started reading with child 3 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He loved the illustrations, and before we were halfway through the first reading, she started repeating phrases.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a nice story, with the kind of "suspense" preschoolers can relate to. The parents-know-best ending is nice to have handy.
Pros: The story flows smoothly and quickly engages even fidgety readers. It has just the kind of fear that preschoolers trying something for the first time can relate to.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. The story will mean different things at different stages of a toddler's/preschooler's development. It makes a handy reference when you need a "remember Little Loon" example.
Educational Themes: There is plenty to offer in this one: discovery, the joy and fear of trying new things, learning to solve dilemmas (particularly if you're alone), and the importance of listening to Mom and Dad!