Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Broom, Zoom!: The Horn Book review

A little monster (the green, red-tailed kind) and a little witch (the pointy-hat kind) discover that sharing can be more satisfying than being selfish. [...]

Far from scary, the witch smiles sweetly and the monster wears a diaper. Words with recurring vowel sounds but different initial consonants (moon/broom, sky/fly) combine with sight vocabulary (I, want, need) to form increasingly sophisticated sentences that don't appear contrived. Bold shades of limited colors, including purple, gold, apple green, and red, also repeat, creating a gem for emergent readers in its self-contained simplicity. Betty Carter (The Horn Book, September-October 2010)

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