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ELLA SARAH GETS DRESSED

Author: Margaret Chodos-Irvine

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Publisher: Harcourt's Children Books, �2003

Material: paperback

Summary: When Ella Sarah picks her clothes, her family tries to persuade her to wear other clothes. But Ella Sarah has a reason for choosing the clothes she wears! This is a book about relationships and a preschooler's growing independence.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 6

Reading Level: 2.6

Age of Child: Started reading with 3 year old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler found the expressive illustrations fascinating and talked about how Ella Sarah felt as she made clear what she wanted to wear. S/He found it very easy to relate to the story!

Adult Reader Reaction: The illustrations are terrific--especially the illustration of Ella Sarah having a tantrum. She jumps out at you. The story is short and the messages easily absorbed.

Pros: This book is a terrific way to start discussions on issues such as choosing clothes, listening to parents, tantrums, and alternative ways to handle situations.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It is a good book, but the topic may not grow with the preschooler.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BIG LITTLE OTTER   DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE   NO, DAVID!

Educational Themes: In addition to providing good discussion points between parents and preschoolers, the repetition of Ella Sarah's words provide memorization and voice print recognition in learning to read.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, growing up

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2005

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