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SNICKERDOODLE'S!™ STAR-SPANGLED FOURTH OF JULY!

Author: Clare Ham Grosgebauer

Illustrator: Karen Rissing

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Publisher: Small Wonders Enterprises,

Material: paperback

Summary: Every Independence Day, the Doodles would gather for a picnic. SpitFire (the dog) was so excited, his tail knocked over a pail that doused the fireworks. With the help of a star-spangled cat, her friends, and some magic, Snickerdoodle saved the day. This is a tall tale in the classic tradition.

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

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

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2.6

Age of Child: Started reading with a 4-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler loves Snickerdoodle. S/He puts the CD in her player multiple times during the day to listen to the stories and dance to the music.

Adult Reader Reaction: Of the tall tales in this collection, this one seems the weakest. It is still a fun read … probably better in July than in March.

Pros: The stories are short and move quickly. There is plenty of action to keep young listeners at your side. The CD has plenty of Fourth-of-July type music to play for your own celebration.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, if you're looking for an individual title. The story and CD would be fun for the Fourth of July.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TOTALLY POLAR   WHEN BAT WAS A BIRD AND OTHER ANIMAL TALES FROM AFRICA   CUT DOWN TO SIZE AT HIGH NOON; A Math Adventure

Educational Themes: You can talk about the Fourth of July and Independence Day traditions, though you will need to add lots of outside material for any American history.

Notes: Story & songs on CD

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, fables and folklore, Independence Day, interactive learning, cultures and tradition

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2006

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