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MY FRIENDS THE FLOWERS

Author: William Lach

Illustrator: Doug Kennedy

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Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Flowers are described by their distinct characteristics. There is a snapdragon that is spicy but sweet. There are impatiens that like to stay in the shady part of town. Each flower even has a face and with fun expressions to help you better understand their temperament. The back of the book has a glossary of the flowers mentioned with information about each one and how to grow them. This is a fictional story that also offers lots of nonfiction details to help kids learn about flowers.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2.7

Age of Child: Read with and by a 6-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter was drawn to pick this book because of the pretty cover and because she likes flowers. She enjoyed the pictures but felt like there was too many describing words. She was disappointed in the book and I was surprised since she picked it.

Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed the pictures. I understood why my daughter felt like it was too wordy though. Some of the pages were hard to read through smoothly. It felt like there was too much to read. Still, it is a good book to help with understanding flowers.

Pros: This is a good book to use in helping kids remember things about flowers. It effectively shows the different kinds of flowers and their “temperaments.”

Cons: The book may be too wordy for some young readers/listeners.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Although I think it would be great at any library I am not sure I would recommend buying it

If You Liked This Book, Try: LITTLE YELLOW PEAR TOMATOES   VEGETABLE DREAMS HUERTO SONADO   YUCKY WORMS

Educational Themes: You can use this as a starting point for gardening with kids and helping them recognize flowers. There is lots of factual detail in the back.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, nature, flowers

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010

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