Posts related to Age 00-04
28 November 2014 - Book Review: The Nativity
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. How do you engage preschoolers in an Advent ceremony? One way is to get this beautiful pop-up book, illustrated in Renaissance style, that tells the story of Jesus’ birth in simple prose. The illustrations are quite pretty, and the pop-up pages are well designed. Many of them have pieces that move when tabs are pulled.
26 November 2014 - Book Review: Birthday Monsters
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Sandra Boynton brings us yet another snappy, silly book of hilarity for preschoolers… Preschoolers will love the rhythmic, crisp way this story is told, and will really enjoy the over-the-top bad example of these birthday monsters. And it’s actually funny enough that you might not be tempted to hide it on a high shelf after a few dozen readings.
16 November 2014 - Book Review: From Head to Toe
Rating: In Eric Carl’s engaging book for toddlers, an array of animals take turns showing an action they can do and each ask a child, “Can you do it?” Each child responds by copying the action, saying “I can do it!” Preschoolers will follow the children’s example and learn the names of animals, body parts [...]
15 November 2014 - Book Review: Alligator Arrived with Apples
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Crescent Dragonwagon presents a delightfully fun Thanksgiving feast, delivered by animals A to Z. For each letter of the alphabet, one animal joins the feast bearing an appropriate contribution, and the verb designating its delivery also matches the letter… This lighthearted celebration, with enjoyable wordplay and some incidental alphabet education, provides a need counterpoint to more serious Thanksgiving books.
13 November 2014 - Book Review: Doggies
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. It might seem that a board book whose words consist entirely of different kinds of dog barks (and one cat) would be boring. But Boynton, a master of rhythm and humor, captures ten different dog personalities through the sounds they make.
02 March 2013 - Book Review: The Easter Story
Age 00-04. 3 Stars. This board book presents the events from Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection at a preschooler’s level, showing that Jesus died and rose from the grave to save us and give us life. A significant omission is any mention of human sinfulness, the reason humanity needs to be saved. And although the story is presented accurately, it isn’t all that exciting.
04 February 2013 - Book Review: A Mother for Choco
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Twenty years after P.D. Eastman’s classic Are You My Mother?, Keiko Kasza presents a heartwarming story of another lonely bird who sets off to find his mother — but is disappointed after interviewing a giraffe, penguin, and walrus, to find that no mother shares his wings, his yellow color, his round cheeks, or his striped feet… The straightforward plot communicates a profound principle that families need not be defined by biological similarity. This point lends itself to heavy-handedness, but it comes across here with simple good humor as Choco experiences a mother’s love through his encounter with Mrs. Bear. This story may be especially appealing to children whose families have been formed through adoption, but other children will benefit from it as well.
04 February 2013 - Book Review: Are You My Mother?
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Are You My Mother, a simple, well-loved classic, opens with a mother bird sitting on her egg. When it begins to move, she leaves to find some food for her anticipated baby. In her absence, the egg hatches, and the hatchling sets out in search of his mother… This is a great read-aloud for preschoolers, who will identify with the baby bird’s fear at being separated from his parents… It’s also a good easy reader, although a student who has had the book read aloud in preschool may view it as babyish.
16 September 2012 - Book Review: Tails
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Tactile books, with their touchable pictoral inserts, movable pull-tabs, and trite verbiage, are invariably intriguing to the preschool set and wearying to parents. This one is a nice change… The vocabulary is more varied than the standard board book fare, and many parents will be able to survive two dozen readings without feeling the urge to hide the book on a high shelf.
11 April 2012 - Book Review: Pie in the Sky
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. In this story, similar to Growing Vegetable Soup, a child narrator traces the growing cycle of a cherry tree…. This book is best suited for a preschool audience, although older children may also enjoy it, especially if they are artistically inclined or if they might have an opportunity to try out the recipe.
Just as good stories help to create an emotional bond to goodness, family reading strengthens the family bond. Shared reading draws families together. It provides mutual delight and builds emotional bridges. It establishes intimacy between parent and child in a way that few other activities can match. — , Books That Build Character
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