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LAND OF THE LEFT SOCK

Author: B.P. James

Illustrator: Dale James

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Publisher: CreateSpace, 2009

Material: paperback

Summary: It is a rainy day, and Desmund Doo and Dezerea were playing indoors. They were chasing each other, and upon falling into the hamper, they landed in a new place. With the help of Mother DOve, they learned that his was the land where lost socks come. She took them to her nest and they slept. Dezerea dreamed about how much their mother missed them. When Wise Old Owl heard their story, he told them to go to the Mountain of Wu to find what they would need. It was on this journey that their adventures truly begin, and they play with the sock band, flew up in hot air balloons, and rode to the mountain with an elephant painter. This is a picture book adventure for two young children who fall into a rainy day fantasy adventure.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, transitional reader

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2.6

Age of Child: Read with a nearly 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: It took several attempts to get all the way through the book. Our daughter was more interested in looking at the illustrations and making up her own story than listening to the one we read.

Adult Reader Reaction: The illustrations are captivating and make this story come alive. They add just enough imagery to help young listeners SEE all of the descriptions they hear in the rhyme. The author has done an excellent job keeping the rhymes effective and consistent. This is, however, a lot of words for a preschool audience, and I saw this more as a text for transitional readers.

Pros: Beautiful illustrations and a clever story will engage children in this fantasy about socks that live in a world all their own.

Cons: Although the rhyming works well, there is a lot of text per page for pre-readers to sit through. This is an excellent selection, however, for second grade readers who still need practice with sight words and sounds.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a great bedtime story and should send kids off to dreamland with smiles on their faces.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WHO ATE MY SOCKS?   THE CASE OF THE STINKY SOCKS (The Milo and Jazz Mysteries)  

Educational Themes: The story is told in rhyming couplets and offers newer readers - or readers who need extra help with sight words - plenty of practice. The story lends itself to creating fantasy worlds for everyday things, and it could be fun to have kids "jump through the hamper" to write (or tell) their own adventure.

Notes: The author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub. This is an unsolicited donation. The Reading Tub reviewed the book in conjunction with an Author Showcase feature.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, fantasy, adventure

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2009

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