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Author: Donna McNaughton

Illustrator: Mike Motz

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Publisher: Raindrop Books, �2008

Material: hard cover

Summary: Lily is a goat who talks to you about a variety of preschool themes. Learn about colors, shapes, people in your neighborhood, animals on the farm, counting. This is a picture book that teaches children basic concepts.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 32 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 2 to 5

Age of Child: Read with a 3-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: My son picked this book and requested it often. I was surprised when my son sat through the whole story. (I was bored by the end of it.)

Adult Reader Reaction: Unlike my son, I didn't like this book. While I liked that my son learns these themes, I felt the text was not very clear in presenting them. The author seemed more interested in making rhyming words work rather than clearly presenting the information in a manner accessible to the child. Although my son enjoyed the book, I am not sure he got the messages that were attempted. It was also a LONG book � a LOT of words to be read in one sitting. You could definitely pick it up and read just a section at a time without losing the story � each page or page spread dealt entirely with a single theme, and the themes did not rely on each other for support. I guess, in that sense, it was not much different from reading several shorter stories.

Pros: If you're looking to present concepts for preschool-aged children, this book offers them in a cartoon style.

Cons: The presentation is ineffective for the goals, and the length is something to consider given the attention span of the intended audience.

Borrow or Buy: Worth a try! Any book that a kid will read can be a good thing! And given how many times my son requested it, he clearly liked it.

If You Liked This Book, Try: AT THE ZOO (Tell Me, Tell Me, What Do You See? Series)   THE AMERICAN SCHOOLHOUSE READER; A Colorized Children’s Reading Collection from Post-Victorian America, 1890—1925 (3-book set)   MOUSE'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Educational Themes: This is a book you can use to prepare kids for preschool or to complement what they are learning about colors, shapes, people in your neighborhood, numbers, and zoo/farm/desert animals.

Notes: The Reading Tub� picked up this book at Book Expo America 2009.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, colors, counting, math, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2010

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