Friday, August 30, 2013

Greene Bark Press (Schoolhouse Review)

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We love books in our house and we are always looking for fun new titles.  There's just something special about sitting on the couch and having my favorite little people curl up beside me as I read to them.  If the book offers a unique lesson, then that's a bonus!  Recently, Greene Bark Press offered the Schoolhouse Review Crew the opportunity to review the book Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again by Ginger Pate.

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Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again ($8.50) is a cute board book that appeals to a wide age-range.  In the story, Wally Waddlewater wants to send a card to his grandmother, but he doesn't know how to cross the street.  On his journey, his mother teaches him about how to safely cross the street, train tracks and other dangerous areas.

This is an important topic for young children to learn early.  You don't see many books that address safety topics in story form, and I appreciated that it was engaging for kids.  It is geared for 3-8 year old children, and I find this fairly accurate.  My 4 year old really enjoyed the book, while even my 6 year old didn't mind that I was reading a board book.  {I can't see him being interested for another year or two however, so eight years old might be a stretch in some cases.}

My 4 year old is a little impulsive when it comes to parking lots and crossing the street, especially if part of the family has had a head start.  He tries to catch up, and I worry because he doesn't take the time to look around and pay attention, but now we repeat "look left, look right, look left again!"  I always said "left, right, left" to the kids before, but it's always more fun when it comes from someone named Wally Waddlewater!

Emory reading to his baby sister.

The illustrations by Rhett Ransom Pennell are fun for young children.  I found both my boys browsing the book on their own, and I consider that a positive sign.  Even baby sister enjoyed babbling at little Wally!

Greene Bark Press specializes in printed books that offer originality, imagery and colorfulness.  They also offer toys and educational products from reputable companies.  Their shipping in the contiguous U.S. is a flat rate of $7.95, while shipping to Alaska, Hawaii and international locations will vary.  All prices at the time of this post are accurate, but are subject to change.

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