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CriticasPreS-2-Both these titles come in an oversize format, making them excellent selections for story time. In the first one, Mother Goat seeks an architect to help draw plans for her family's new house. Along the way a wolf hides, waiting for a chance to get a tasty goat dinner. Once the house is built, the goats go shopping for furniture, appliances, and housewares, and then go out to eat. All items have prices clearly posted, and readers are expected to figure out how much money the family needs, using economics and mathematics. The last page asks readers, "What would you like to eat?" The second title presents the myriad activities involved in throwing a party. Little Red Riding Hood lists the things she will need and draws a picture to go with each item. She lists the friends she will invite (Little Red Hen, The Three Bears, Peter Rabbit, Pinocchio, and Frog and Toad), looks them up in the phone book, and addresses invitations to each one. Then she and her mom go to the kitchen and prepare some treats. The book includes the recipes, so children can try them with their parents. The familiar story characters keep interest high, and the book introduces plenty of useful life skills, along with being just plain fun.
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