Monday, May 11, 2009
READ IT, DON'T EAT IT! by Ian Schoenherr
I am not usually a big fan of books that obviously teach a lesson. But I really like this new book READ IT, DON'T EAT IT by Ian Schoenher that teaches young children how to take care of a book. Even though the lesson is a bit obvious, it is very well done and it is a great, supportive book for new readers.
In this book, animal characters teach us the ways to take care of the books we borrow from classrooms and libraries. Each page, gives us a tip on taking care of books such as "Find someplace else to sneeze." and "Be careful with it at the pool." Each rule is accompanied by a colorful picture of an animal demonstrating the tip. The text is large and simple and there is much rhyme and rhythm to the book.
I can see this as a great book to start the year with for K-1 students next year in the library. It will be a fun way to start a conversation about library books and the library. I can also see this as a great book for K-1 classrooms. The text is predictable enough for new readers to be able to read on their own--the picture supports are great.