Wednesday, April 14, 2010

My World Series – It’s My Birthday

Bobbie Kalman

It’s My Birthday begins with words children should know as the book is read to them. As a child is celebrating their birthday with a party, a cake follows with candles to blow out. There are presents to open, and a funny clown appears. The clown makes balloon animals for the children at the party. The book goes on to pull children into the story by asking when their birthdays are and how old they are. An activity is included encouraging a group of children to use their bodies to make letters relevant to the subject of the book. The photographs included in the book are several children so readers should feel as if they are a part of the story. The last page of the book include notes for adults to use as suggestions birthday suggestions, encouraging children to mark their birthdays on a calendar, and possibly dancing a ‘gratitude dance’ for all they have been given.

The back of this book suggests a Level B reading guide is available, yet, after going to the web site, I could not find anything above Level H. Also, the reading level suggestion is 4-7. As a trained Reading Specialist, I would think the reading level should be more effective for PreK to Kindergarten.

BIBLIO: 2010, Crabtree Publishing, Ages 4 – 7, $5.95.
REVIEWER: Debby Willett
FORMAT: Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0-7787-9462-2

REVIEWED FOR: Children’s Literature, Online Version, 3/31/10

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