Monday, January 16, 2012

Books to Try

I recently came across a book that I want to tell you about, called Cows Can’t Jump. By David Reisman. This is a fun book to read aloud to young children because of the repetitive frames that continue though the book. That type of repetition engages children because of the predictable pattern that appeals to them. (Think of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle.)

What makes this book even more tempting is that it is filled with action verbs—not just jump and swim, but some surprises . . . like slither. The words are enticing and are sure to lead to some lively acting out while reading—always a plus.

Underlying the structure and words is a very positive message. The book shows children that not everyone (or every animal) can do exactly the same thing, but that everyone can do something that is special and unique. So there is a lot talk about here as well despite the seemingly simple format.

And there is even more good news. There is a sequel called Cows Can’t Quack.

Check out this website for some preview pages of the books and information on how to find them.

1 comment:

  1. Wow this is really a very good habit that you are teaching your kids about reading before sleep, and i must say all these kids are really cute.


What I think . . .

There are all kinds of readers. Some—like my daughter and me—are never without a book to read for pleasure. Others—like my son—are careful, analytical, and curious readers who read primarily to seek information from the page.

No matter what kind of reader your child becomes, you can help him or her get started. After all, you are your child’s first teacher. And, best of all, you can have some fun in the process.

Please feel free to share your own ideas. Tell me about ways you've enjoyed reading with your child.

Madeline Boskey, Ph.D.