Posts tagged with Rhythmic Books
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 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.
28 November 2011 - Book Review: Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Christelow adds another rhythmic, repetitive troublemaking adventure as Mama’s Five Little Monkeys climb into a tree and tease a crocodile, while Mama trustfully naps by the bank.
5 March 2011 - Book Review: But Not the Hippopotamus
Rating: Once again, Sandra Boynton makes it look easy to produce a rhythmic, repetitive, and hilarious story that the youngest tots and the most jaded adults will enjoy. In this simple plot, a shy hippo watches as other animals engage in social activities, and the refrain repeats, “But not the hippopotamus.” Finally, the other animals [...]
28 February 2011 - Book Review: Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. This energetic book depicts a 1950′s Northeastern family on a trip into town… This book has all the qualities toddlers love: predictability, simple slapstick hilarity, rhythm, and drama mixed with a warm family dynamic. Adults will enjoy reading it aloud, and there is enough complexity to draw in older elementary children.
21 February 2011 - Book Review: The Going to Bed Book
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. There are about a thousand going-to-bed books for toddlers, most of them soothing, almost none of them funny. This one manages to be both.
15 February 2011 - Book Review: The Owl and the Pussycat
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Brett’s illustrations are lush, vibrant, and rich in detail… Young children may not ordinarily sit still for this poem, with its archaic language and grown-up theme; but this version makes it easily accessible and eminently enjoyable.
15 December 2010 - Book Review: Feast for 10
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Feast For 10 is a warm, rhythmic story about a family taking a trip to the grocery store and preparing a meal to enjoy together.
11 November 2010 - Book Review: Opposites
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Sandra Boynton’s lighthearted, silly rhyming books engage toddlers and older children with an innocent sense of humor that will amuse adults as well. This book presents a number of animals illustrating the concept of opposites.
23 October 2010 - Book Review: Hippos Go Berserk
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. In the simply hilarious Hippos Go Berserk, “One hippo, all alone/ Calls two hippos on the phone.” Those hippos come over to the lonely hippo’s delight… Boynton presents this simple plot with rhythmic, rhyming text, and progressive scenes exuberant with visual humor. The silliness is brought down to earth by the educational element of counting forwards and backwards.
[A] profoundly Christian understanding of literature… does not merely salvage it for Christian use but finds the very ground of its being in explicitly Christian doctrine: creation, the imago dei, the ‘cultural mandate’ to subdue the earth. Christians alone understand why human beings, whether ‘literary’ types or not, are impelled to make, tell, and hear stories. When Christians also do so, they are not so much spoiling the Egyptians as recovering their own patrimony. — , The Christian Imagination, p. 11
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