Children's LiteratureAnne and Gina are sisters who share a room. Like the "Odd Couple," one is messy and one is neat, but somehow they are able to keep their messiness and neatness confined to their own side of the room. When Mom says it is time to clean, Anne cleans, picks up, vacuums and throws out her trash, but Gina does nothing. The scenario sets up the reader for a number of repetitive pages where, "Anne makes her bed" appears on the left side of a two panel spread and "Gina does not" appears on the right hand side. In the end, Anne gets a cookie, but "Gina does not." The repetitive nature of these pages and the pictures showing Anne and Gina acting out the words are both supportive of early readers. While these aids will make the text more accessible for "Purple Level" readers (the lowest level in Picture Window Books), they cannot make up for the didactic nature of the story, written with a lesson as obvious as the ones in hornbooks given to children in the sixteenth century. 2006, Picture Window Books, Ages 4 to 6.
Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo