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Little Lamb Finger Puppet BookChronicle Books, February, 2006
Picture Book, 12 pages
Ages Baby and up
The Little Lamb is a small hardcover picture book that includes an embedded lamb finger puppet. The puppet can interact with the story and do some of the activities in the book. For example, where the book says the lamb "sniffs the flowers" the finger puppet can be moved so that the lamb sniffs the pictures of the flowers. And where it says "gaze up at all the clouds that he sees!" the lamb puppet can be moved so he is looking up at the clouds in the book. It is a very cute story that is made even more entertaining with the addition of the lamb finger puppet. At the end of the book the sun goes down and it is time for the little lamb to go to sleep. Clever parents will use this as an opportunity to segue from the little lamb's bed time to the children bed time. A similar story and finger puppet book called Little Bee Finger Puppet Book is equally entertaining for small children.
Mom and Dad Are Palindromes by Mark Shulman and Adam McCauleyChronicle Books, June, 2006
Picture Book, 36 pages
Ages 9 and up
Any writer who can write a funny book about word games deserves congratulations and praise from all the adults who have struggled to interest the young in such mind-building exercises. Mark Shulman takes the palindrome (a word, verse, or sentence that reads the same backward or forward) as the basis for his new picture book. The first problem faced by Bob, the perplexed hero, is that he becomes part of the teacher's lesson on palindromes -- to his complete humiliation. Next, poor Bob, who runs home for comfort, finds that there is a palindrome awaiting him at every turn: his dog (Otto), his mom and his dad. As Bob's verbal misadventures pile up, the reader is challenged to locate 101 palindromes lurking on every page. Mom and Dad are Palindromes belongs on classroom shelves and in the homes of ambitious parents who are trying hard to raise educated and verbal children with powerful minds.
--Sarah Reaves White
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