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Summary: Bartholomew is having a bad day. Every time Daddy asks about what Bartholomew would like, he just grunts. This is a picture book that helps kids understand feelings.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 1 to 5
Age of Child: Read with girl 2 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: There was no interest in this book.
Adult Reader Reaction: Disappointed. We've liked other Virginia Miler books. This is billed as a way to help toddlers recognize moods and mercurial habits. I found it frustrating. You clearly have to have read other Bartholomew books to know that 'Bar' is his nickname.
Pros: The story moves quickly from event to event.
Cons: Boring. There is no real story to read…you have to generate lots of discussion to engage the toddler and hit the 'advertised' objective.
Borrow or Buy: Skip it. There are better books out there for helping kids recognize and understand emotions.
Educational Themes: This one missed the mark as far as I can see. Other toddler may relate to Bartholomew, ours didn't. You may be able to use it to teach a toddler how to be more respectful than grunting at his/her caregiver.
Notes: A Reading Tub volunteer borrowed this book from the public library.