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Author: Anastasia Suen

Illustrator: Jannie Ho

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Publisher: Viking, an Imprint of Penguin Group, 2011

Material: hard cover

Summary: Off to Grandma's house! The drive to Grandma's is filled with adventure and activity. Not only are road crews working, but people are trimming trees, fixing lights, even working under the road. This picture book story is one to be shared with young listeners and also has text so new readers can read on their own.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 2 to 7

Reading Level: 1.1

Age of Child: Read by a 10-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Even though our child is beyond books of this type, they commented about how cute the dog, or the birds, or the sleeping bunny on every spread. Looking at the pictures and reading all of the other text (road signs, business marquees) kept them turning the page.

Adult Reader Reaction: I would have loved to have had this book when my child was a toddler and preschooler. It is bright, and the illustrations have lots going on, but it isn't ornate or overwhelming. This is a fun story to sit and talk about what's happening that isn't in the story. I could even see it as a book where the kids would create their own story about what they see.

Pros: Bright, fun illustrations add a wonderful layer to the simple text of this trip to Grandma's house.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is one that you'll read over and over, and your kids will want to "play with" on their own.

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Educational Themes: This is a wonderful book to use with preschoolers to talk about colors, counting (how many birds do you see), ask what people are doing, or even offer "can you find ..."

Notes: The author donated this book to the Reading Tub as part of a blog tour. The book will be donated to readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, cars, trucks

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2014

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