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Author: Sarah Weeks

Illustrator: Jane Manning

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: paperback

Summary: Sam the Sheep has a problem. He has to sneeze but can't get it out! His barnyard friends each try, in their own way, to help him find the ending to his sneeze (the "choo"), with feathers, pepper, and dust. But nothing works! At last, they pool their efforts and Sam gets his relief. This is an easy reader with a fun story about friendship and cooperation.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2

Age of Child: Read with boys ages 2 and 4.

Young Reader Reaction: My boys LOVED this book. It is funny and refreshing and the central characters are animals -- always a plus in our household! They loved performing the "Ahhh-CHOOO" portions with their own extreme drama and body motions.

Adult Reader Reaction: I loved the book, too. It was cute and funny and had very polite animals. They worked together to help their friend solve his oh-so-common problem. The illustrations were cute and fun. The words were *about* a level G reader -- I don't have anyone in my house currently at that level (I have a more advanced first grader, for whom this book was delightfully easy, and less advanced, with whom I worked on some individual words), but having recently been through the G level books, this is definitely one to put in the repertoire. What a fun way to motivate kids to read. The "Ahh-Choo" portions were a bit distracting from the learning-to-read theme, HOWEVER, any time you can get a kid to want to sit down with a book is time well spent.

Pros: A fun story and cute illustrations will get kids excited about reading. The positive characters make it a great story to share with younger kids, too.

Cons: Although listed as a level one, this grades out as a book for second grade readers.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. It is fun to share with younger kids and will be fun again when your child can read it on their own. Pass it on as your child moves on to the higher reading levels. Fun book!

If You Liked This Book, Try: SNEEZE!   MR. PUTTER AND TABBY FEED THE FISH   ARE YOU READY TO PLAY OUTSIDE (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

Educational Themes: This is a book to help kids practice their reading, but it has a lovely theme of friendship and cooperation.

Notes: The Reading Tub® received this book as a donation. There were no expectations of review associated with this book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - easy reader, animal characters, friendship, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2012

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