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"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
Publisher: Collins, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,
Summary: Why can't we watch television all day? Why do we need to get our heart rates up? Come along as Sid decides to trade in his plan for marathon TV watching for something more valuable! Together, Sid and his friends learn the importance of exercise! This picture book offers kids examples and opportunities to learn science by doing what Sid and his friends do.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 3.2
Age of Child: Read with 8-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Sid the Science Kid is a favorite in our house, and this book was no exception! Our daughter laughed at Sid's plan to spend the whole weekend watching television ... and asked questions about whether her swimming counts as excercise.
Adult Reader Reaction: We love Sid, too. This will be a great book to have around the next time screen time seems to be getting out of hand!
Pros: The kids may not want to hear from Mom, but they'll imitate Sid! Everybody Move Your Feet! is a must for your parenting toolbox.
Cons: There is an irony in a book featuring television characters who have a message about turning off TV to go exercise.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a book that you'll pull off the shelf fairly regularly ... especially when you hear "I'm bored."
Educational Themes: The simple message is exercise, but you can use this to further explore some of the concepts, like pulse, getting your heart rate up, etc. Do some "experiments" at home. For example, get the kids to measure their exertion with dancing v. bike riding v. running.
Notes: 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 - easy reader series, science, exercise, health
Date(s) Reviewed: April 2015
Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found at the time of this review. See reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.