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LEO: A BABY LION'S STORY (My Animal Faily Series)

Author: Kathleen Duey

Illustrator: Lara Gurin

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Publisher: Smart Kids Publishing, Inc., ´┐½2008

Material: hard cover

Summary: Leo is a young lion who wanders from his mother. His story tells about how he faces danger on his own, finds his mother again, and, in the process, grows up just a little bit. Learn about growing up as a lion in this picture book with CD.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2.8

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

Young Reader Reaction: My 3 year old liked picking out the capital letters (the first letter of the first word on each page is in super large capital letters). The rest of the story was somewhat lost on him, which is surprising, since he usually loves animals so much. Both boys liked the story, but they didn´┐½t react strongly to it.

Adult Reader Reaction: I didn't like this book. There were too many words on each page.

Pros: The book has a good message (i.e., moral of the story), and you see the animals in their native habitat. The CD that comes with the book is very cool.

Cons: Although billed for "4 to 8," there are too many words on page for the young side of this audience. It would be better for older children.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow.

If You Liked This Book, Try: NANUQ: A BABY POLAR BEAR'S STORY (My Animal Family Series)   GOIN' TO THE ZOO / VAMOS AL ZOOLOGICO (Mandy and Andy)   ABC SAFARI

Educational Themes: There is lots of information about lions, other animals,and their habitat.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 2.8. The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characterss, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2010

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