Santa gets knocked in the head and is unable to perform his Christmas Eve duties, so Mrs. Claus calls on the Easter Bunny to pick up the slack. The EaSanta gets knocked in the head and is unable to perform his Christmas Eve duties, so Mrs. Claus calls on the Easter Bunny to pick up the slack. The Easter Bunny makes a good faith effort, but the holiday season is not his forte, and he makes a few mistakes here and there. Eventually, the reindeer accompanying him learn to look past his fumbles and see his good intentions, and they all rally around to help him save the day.
Cute story and illustrations, suitable about 5 and up. To really get the whole humor of it, a child has to be old enough to understand Christmas traditions, not to mention a few double-entendres (Holly as a plant and a girl's name, etc) My four year old liked it, and with a little prodding, understood the jokes. My two (almost three) year old enjoyed it too, but I'm sure he missed many of the nuances and was probably more entranced by the pictures and adventures in the storyline than anything else....more
This is the *only* potty training book that my 3 year old showed any lasting interest in. It caught my eye based on the title, which I hoped would conThis is the *only* potty training book that my 3 year old showed any lasting interest in. It caught my eye based on the title, which I hoped would convince my firefighter-adoring son how important it was to use the potty. (Ok... in reality his true love is firetrucks, but the firefighters absorb some appeal through association.) The "storyline," if I may use that term in its loosest sense, introduces several situations where the key players are missing. These individuals--firefighters, construction workers, doctors, zookeepers, and other characters that would be familiar to the average toddler--are otherwise occupied attending to bodily functions. Lifting a flap on the right side of the page reveals the missing person, with strong visual clues to let you know what they've been up to!
Most parents of toddlers are well aware of how much their children like to participate in the reading experience, and my son was quite happily engaged in lifting the flap on each page. I couldn't give this book five stars, because my son did eventually lose interest, but, as I said, it held his interest longer than any other potty training book, and for that, I am most grateful....more
This was the first Christmas that my 2 1/2 year old was really cognizant that something special was happening. Since it was his first opportunity to rThis was the first Christmas that my 2 1/2 year old was really cognizant that something special was happening. Since it was his first opportunity to really experience all the excitement, I was trying to find a simple book that touched on the secular traditions associated with the holiday. Many of the books I perused had some cute storylines, but I thought they might be confusing when seen from the vantage of a little boy who knew almost nothing about Christmas.
This item has some cute illustrations, but the big draw for me was that it touched on some of the major concepts associated with the holidays: Christmas trees, snow, gift-giving, Santa, Christmas goodies, decorations, etc. As a bonus, the pages are made of a heavy card stock, so I could also read it to my one year old without worrying about heavy damage.
Each page features an illustration, accompanied by one or two simple sentences describing an aspect of Christmas that the main characters, two kittens, enjoy. The sentences rhyme, and their rhythm is fairly consistent and easy to read aloud (choppy rhymes in children's books are one of my personal pet peeves).
I expected this book to be too simple to hold Gavin's attention for long, but he wanted to go back to it again and again, long after the Christmas holidays had come and gone. I can't be certain, but I'd like to think that my little boy got a sense of the Christmas spirit from this book, and that reading it was his way of holding onto the warm and fuzzy feelings that accompany the holiday. Regardless of his motives, he liked to read it, and that gives Mommy a warm and fuzzy feeling of her own....more
I thought this would be a good choice for my son, who, at 2 1/2, is just starting to learn to identify his letters. Like many of Richard Scarry's workI thought this would be a good choice for my son, who, at 2 1/2, is just starting to learn to identify his letters. Like many of Richard Scarry's works, it is a fun, engrossing book, with busy pages full of interesting and colorful illustrations. Gavin can stare at these for a long time, looking over all the little details.
My complaint lies in the way it presents the letters, and the difficulty may be caused by a reader who is just too young to fully understand the intricacies of spelling. Unlike many alphabet books, the pages don't just feature words that start with the letter in question, but also ones that include that letter. Therefore, "apple" is on the "A" page, but so is the word "potato." The featured letter is always highlighted in red, but my poor confused little boy kept saying things like "A is for potato," which made his Momma cringe. Whether it's something instinctual or something that is accidentally imparted in the learning process, toddlers seem to want to latch onto the initial sounds in words, and I had a hard time redirecting my son's attention.
I had some difficulty deciding whether to give this book 3 stars or 4, but I opted to go with the higher rating, merely because I'm aware that the fault may be with the reader, not with the text (not that there's anything wrong with my "perfect" child, of course! ;) ). I'm thinking about putting this book away until Gavin's a little older, and trying it again when he's starting to actually write and spell....more
I've only read this book to Gavin a couple times, and he's enjoyed it. He likes playing with the interactive hand, and we made a game of performing thI've only read this book to Gavin a couple times, and he's enjoyed it. He likes playing with the interactive hand, and we made a game of performing the actions as we read them. He's currently 2 1/2 and this book was a novelty for him, but I think it's simplicity may not have held his interest for multiple reads.
However, I also shared this book with little brother Markus (8 months), and it was a big hit with him. How do I know? A couple nights ago, Markus was fussing before bed. I'd just finished changing him and dressing him, and he wasn't happy to begin with, so he was wailing by the time we sat in the rocking chair. Do you know when he stopped wailing? When I showed him this book! He sat quietly while I read him this story, and quietly again while I read it to him a second time.
I think he likes looking at the close-up images of children's faces, and he definitely likes watching me move the hand as I read. Sometimes he holds his own hand near the fake one, and I find myself wondering if he's thinking "Hey! I have one of those too!"
For myself, I found the perspective in the drawings to be very cleverly done, and while I wasn't sure about the magnet in the hand when I read the book description, I ultimately found it to be a neat concept. The book is sturdy (and the magnet well-contained; removing it and swallowing it would be a neat trick!), and the way that the magnetized hand folds over the cover keeps the pages closed and safe.
I was extremely pleased to get this item in a Goodreads Giveaway, so I was heartbroken when, unbeknownst to me, a stack of diaper wipes fell out of their package and on to its cover. I'm sure this book could have stood up well to a little spill, but sustained contact with the diaper wipes left a nice big water stain. I can get a replacement copy, but the new one won't be signed by the author. Bummer! :(
This is another book based on the pattern established in Numeroff's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. The original concept is great: a series of associatiThis is another book based on the pattern established in Numeroff's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. The original concept is great: a series of associations made by the main character ultimately leads the reader on a fun-filled journey back to the first concept. Gavin has really enjoyed several, especially If You Give a Cat a Cupcake and If you Give a Pig a Party.
Unfortunately, this idea is starting to run thin, for both my 2 1/2 year old and me. The illustrations are still cute, but the story failed to capture the attention of either of us. I brought it home from the library, and Gavin hasn't shown any interest beyond the first couple of reads, This is just as well, because I haven't been really enthused about reading it to him anyway.
As an aside, I would note that Gavin's favorite books in this series tend to have more detailed illustrations, which encourage closer examination by him and provide more interaction opportunities for the two of us. In particular, I can recall him staring long and hard at the cat's beachcombing collection in If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, and the two of us finding hiding animals together in If You Give a Pig a Party. Maybe that's part of what's missing here.
Still a cute book though, so it earned the 3 stars I've given it here....more
This is really a book designed for beginning readers, but because it has simple, repetitive sentences, I also found it a good choice for my 2 year oldThis is really a book designed for beginning readers, but because it has simple, repetitive sentences, I also found it a good choice for my 2 year old. Gavin loves Thomas, but our library didn't carry a lot of books designed for his age group. This was the next best thing, and it garnered the coveted "I like that book" recommendation from him, a statement reserved for only the cream of the literary crop.
It's a quick read, with some simple rhymes, and it introduces youngsters to the concepts of small, medium, and big. As is always the case with Thomas, the illustrations are in bright, bold colors, and there are a lot of great "action shots." I had to read this one many, many times, before it made it's way back to the library, but I certainly don't regret bringing it home....more
Gavin's recently developed an interest in pirates. Admittedly, he's a little confused about the exact nature of pirates--he keeps pointing to the illuGavin's recently developed an interest in pirates. Admittedly, he's a little confused about the exact nature of pirates--he keeps pointing to the illustration of Mother Goose on the cover of his nursery rhyme book and labeling her a "pirate"-- but Mom and Dad find pirates fun too, so we're eagerly embracing this new trend. Of the several pirate books I brought home from the library, he instantly latched on to this one as a favorite.
The storyline is simple. A mother gives her two sons a bath, during which they imagine themselves as pirates, eventually earning pirate booty in the form of ice cream. Bright, bold illustrations accompany the simple text, and while I can't say I was riveted by the plot, it was more than enough for my two year old. I can only guess at what exactly caught his interest, but I suspect it was the combination of a familiar setting (bathtime) with the novelty of the pirate concepts and language. ...more
No plot to this one whatsoever. It's made for the very little ones, who aren't likely to understand the words, much less the complexity of an actual pNo plot to this one whatsoever. It's made for the very little ones, who aren't likely to understand the words, much less the complexity of an actual plot. Each page introduces a new animal, along with a line of text encouraging the youngster to "touch and feel" the textured surface. We've been reading this book to Gavin since before he turned one, and while he hasn't shown much interest in it lately, he seemed to enjoy this book when he was younger. My only complaint is that I wish there were more variety to the textures. Most of them are variations on "furry," and only the baby elephant, with its leathery ears, seemed truly unique. Even so, there were subtle differences in the nature of the "furs", and I suppose there's something to be said for introducing young children to the nuances in life....more