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Skip Through the Seasons - Stella Blackstone

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Stella Blackstone / Paperback / 32 Pages / Book is published 2006-09-01 by Barefoot Books Ltd

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      07.01.2012 21:14
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      Lovely pictures and good for learning but maybe one to borrow not buy.

      My three year old picked this herself at the library this week and we have read it each night. It is just the right length for us to get through before it is time to say night night. The pictures are lovely, a double page is offered to each of the twelve months of the year. The pictures are meant to match to what the months are expected to be like (in our part of the world at least!); i.e. in April it is raining. I think it probably could have done with a bit more emphasis on the seasons though as it doesn't show which months relate to which season.

      This is published by Barefoot Books, they have both a UK and US bookstore but as usual prices look better on Amazon. It is meant to be a hide and seek book. There are twelve words at the bottom of the page and you can go through and find everything. For my little girl, we haven't tried to go through and read the words (she is a bit young for that yet). Instead I read the sentences things like 'Jump into January, come along with me. The ice glazes the local pond what can you see?' Then she tells me with some prompting what it is she can see.

      It is proving to be great for learning new words, for example in the February picture some people are skiing and some people are sledging down a hill. Total she had remembered both those words / actions, which are new to her. She also now knows what hopscotch looks like; LOL, I think I'll have to get the chalk out and draw her one on the flags in the back garden now!

      At the end of the book there are some additional pages that seem to be there to make the book more adaptable to older children. There are a number of facts about the months of the year, for example explaining where all the names originate from. We didn't look at these bits but from glancing through it is quite interesting. However, I can't see a child much older than 4 or 5 getting too much from this book.

      I don't think I would have necessarily chosen this for my daughter if I had been picking myself. However, I am glad she picked it because it has been fun to read. I think we will be going through it a few more times before we take it back to the library.

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