Thursday, December 8, 2011

Into the Outdoors by Susan Gal

Let's go camping and see how much fun we can have!

Alfred A Knopf sent me a copy of this children's picture book for review (thank you).  It's written for ages 5-9 and is currently available at your local bookstore.

Ms. Gal uses her story about camping to introduce your child to prepositions.  I didn't even notice it while reading it.  However, looking at the text more closely, I see she has highlighted the prepositions.  If you ever diagrammed a sentence, you'll recognize those words as being descriptive phrases.  This is an opportunity to teach your child the same knowledge.

The camping trip is fun for the family and the animals all follow along and mimic them.  It's a cute story.  The only caveat I'd offer is that the young boy sees the animals and thinks they're cute and his friends.  Since the animal group includes a bear and other large animals, I'd explain to the young reader that those animals need to respected.   Animals are our friends, but they can also be dangerous.

All in all, it's a very cute book about hiking and camping with animal friends and your child will gain an understanding of prepositions while reading it.  Why not get a copy and enjoy it together?

Happy reading.

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