School Library Journal - School Library JournalK-Gr 3-Forced rhymes and a didactic text bog down this cautionary story. Sterling the Seal, a stuffed animal, lectures children about safety issues such as the dangers of accepting gifts or rides from strangers and perils lurking in the great outdoors. While the issues are real and the lessons valuable, the singsong rhythm and cutesy refrain ("Would you tell me please, and it won't make you sneeze-?") annoy rather than edify. Children are asked about how they would respond to situations in which their safety could be compromised. They are asked to consider how they would handle diving into an unfamiliar lake or what they would do if their house caught on fire in the middle of the night. Donato's illustrations are colorful and evocative, but the figures are awkwardly drawn. Although they don't cover as many at-risk situations, Marc Brown's Dinosaurs, Beware! (Little, Brown, 1984), Stan and Jan Berenstain's The Berenstain Bears Learn about Strangers (Random, 1985), and Peggy Rathmann's Officer Buckle and Gloria (Putnam, 1995) represent stories that children can enjoy with humor that lightens the serious messages.-Alice Casey Smith, Sayreville Public Schools, Parlin, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Safety First Pleas, And It Won't Make You Sneeze! features a loveable plush gray seal named Sterling, who gently guides young readers through a series of tricky situations that include encountering a stranger in a park, answering the phone while home alone, navigating thorough a crowded shopping mall, and other potentially dangerous situations. Robert Bernardini's text is ideally written for young readers and is deftly illustrated by Janice Donato. Safety First Please! is an urgently recommended addition to all school and community library collections, as well as a being simply invaluable for parents wanting to train their children in basic safety practices for growing up in today's problematic society.
- PRI Publishing
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- Product dimensions:
- 90.00(w) x 11.25(h) x 5.00(d)
- Age Range:
- 1 - 12 Years
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