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IN THE CITY (Tell me, Tell Me, What Do You See series)

Author: Lauren McNerney Stinnett

Illustrator: Esther McNerney

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Publisher: McNerney Publications, LLC, ¬

Material: board book

Summary: This is an accordian-style "book" with pages that flip back and forth instead of turning, as in a typical bound book. Each page/side of the book has a series of pictures of familiar objects in the city that portray a given adjective: a number, a size, a color, an emotion, etc. On one side of the book, the words that describe the picture are simple, while the flip side of the book has more words for more advanced readers. This is an acordian-style board book sized for young children.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 4 to 7

Interest Level: 2 to 5

Age of Child: Shared with two boys ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: My boys picked this book, read it once, and then couldn't be persuaded to read it again. My boys were confused about how to "work" the book. They flipped the pages back and forth and turned the book upside down. They folded the book in various ways to see how it went back together. They enjoyed the cars and other familiar objects, like the traffic lights, and the bright colors.

Adult Reader Reaction: I found the book difficult to use, particularly without a story to connect the pictures. We just looked at each individual photo and discussed what we saw, though there wasn't mush there. Moms could use this as a carry-along book because it will fit in a purse or diaper bag and can be pulled out to entertain the kids.

Pros: The photos are sharp, clear, and brightly colored. This is better for younger kids.

Cons: I don't like that you can't connect the photos into some type of story or advennture.

Borrow or Buy: Skip. It is confusing to use, fold, navigate. Not enough words to create a story.


Educational Themes: You can contrast and compare items in the photos (like buildings) and talk about things you see in a city. There are a few opportunities to talk about color and count, too.

Notes: The Reading Tub¨ received a publisher copy from at Book Expo America. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2011

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews or reader feedback found at the time of this review.


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