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"A smaller percentage of 17 year olds saw adults reading in their homes in 1999 than in 1984."
Summary: Bella and Finny are standard sized poodles dressed up in outrageous outfits. Each page has a picture of Bella and/or Finny cut in a particular shape, and with that same shape drawn on the pictures one or more times. In this picture book, the reader is encouraged to find all the shapes on the picture.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, interactive reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 4 to 6
Interest Level: 3 to 5
Age of Child: Read with 2 brothers, ages 3 and .
Young Reader Reaction: My children enjoyed the fun pictures of the dogs, and were able to identify the large shape on the page. They read it once, but did not want to do it again.
Adult Reader Reaction: No, I did not like the book. I felt that the shapes were forced onto the picture in an uncreative manner -- an octagon was drawn on the bubbles of a sudsy sink, and also in a random area of the picture. The shapes were not organic to the pictures of the dogs, and left me wanting for a more creative and effective manner to present shapes to my children.
Pros: Kids will enjoy the cute pictures of the dogs.
Cons: This is not effective, interesting, or engaging.
Borrow or Buy: Skip. The pictures are forced and contrived and distract from the learning of this book. Bella and Finny's OPPOSITES is a much more organic investigative tool, and would be a better choice. There are better books for learning shapes on the market.