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Author: Bruce Degen

Illustrator: Bruce Degen

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: paperback

Summary: A young boy and a bear cub spend their time together on an adventure that is all about berries: real, imaginary, and made-up, too. This rhyming poem celebrates silliness and berries.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Read with 6½-year old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Reading this book always resulted in lots of giggle along the way. Our daughter like the sing-song cadence of the poem and loved the colorful, imaginative pictures.

Adult Reader Reaction: This wasn't around when we were kids, but it would have been a favorite. This is one of those books where the illustrations seem to invite you into the story and you feel like your part of the action.

Pros: Kids will love the colorful pictures and the fun of making up words. Parents will love that it's a fast read.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that will be pulled from the shelf time and time again from toddlerhood through early elementary.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WINNIE THE POOH & HIS FRIENDS (SET OF 4 BOARD BOOKS: Roo's Big Adventure, Blackberry Surprise, A Reel Fishy Story, Nightime Mystery )   SILLY CAT SILLY CAT   THE TRAIN TO TIMBUCTOO (Golden Books Family Story Time, Number 4)

Educational Themes: This is book that's meant to be shared. Bring the book to life by having your own berry picnic, going berry picnic, or making up names for even more kinds of "berries."

Notes: The Reading Tub, Inc. reviewed a 25th Anniversary Edition of Jamberry in paperback format. There are also hardcover and board book versions.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2008

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