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Children's LiteratureA family of four--mother, father, son, and pup--climb in the car for a trip to Grandpa's. The child tells the story of his excitement, boredom, anticipation, and celebration. The child remembers Grandpa's store, sings with Mom to relieve boredom, gets out to walk his dog, and finally jumps into Grandpa's arms. This is a controlled vocabulary story written in rhymed couplets. An adult reads the left hand page, while the child chimes in with (reads) the word or two on the right hand page. Clues for the beginning reader are found in the illustrations and in the rhyme. Occasionally, my tongue knotted during the reading aloud. For example, "There's even a rocking chair and an old trunk." The illustrations are simple and convey childlike energy. The Parent's Introduction to the "We Both Read" series explains its educational value and the icons used to indicate when the parent reads and when the child reads. The pattern is straight forward and the icons are not needed. 2005, Treasure Bay, Ages 4 to 5.
—Mary B. Bauer