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How to Build a Snowman
Little Scholastic  $11.99  ISBN 978-0-545-00066-6  10 pg.
Reviewed by Lindsey, Age 13

How to Build a Snowman is the latest in a series of LITTLE books aimed towards tiny tots. The words are simple and the entire book, if condensed would equal one paragraph but the intention is not to get children reading an epic novel but to get them learning how to read epic novels. The back plainly states that babies will touch the textures and point to images, children ages 1-2 will look at the pictures and text and then listen and repeat the words and finally children ages 2-3 will learn the concepts and connect the meaning of the words and images. It's simple and effective. The books are to promote reading and to help young ones learn to read.

Babies will be fascinated when they first encounter the book and look at the huge pictures. I certainly enjoyed the touchy-feely extras such as velvety smooth snowballs and snowflakes bumpy with glitter. Then as they mature and begin to learn the concepts of the book they will take another look at the book and realize that the words relate to the images. It's a great idea but I think Scholastic should lower the prices of the books a little because $12.00 for a ten-page book does seem a little expensive. Other than that I think this is a great learning tool for babies and I highly recommend it to new parents.

I give How to Build a Snowman four stars.

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