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Summary: Now that the rain has stopped, it's time to go outside. When Sam asks for some toys, Mom suggests that he see what he can find outside. In a puddle he finds a string … and his imagination takes off.
This is a picture book that encourages kids to use their imaginations.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 2 to 6
Age of Child: Read with 4½-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: We had a couple of "read this again, Mom" requests, the first couple of days, but after that could garner little interest.
Adult Reader Reaction: This was a disappointment. We were expecting the story to engage the reader/listener's imagination, instead, the pages asserted what Sam thought and offered his conclusion immediately.
Pros: The story moves quickly and the strings are used in activities most kids will recognize. The activity pages are a nice complement.
Cons: The rhyme can be awkard at times. The last pages are string crafts, not string activities which were the basis of the story.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at best. If you like imagination play and sometimes need help setting the stage, this is a great book.
Educational Themes: You can use the story as a way to push kids' imagination. We'd recommend asking the questions and letting them play with a string BEFORE reading, as the book pretty much takes over the ideas.