May 28, 2013 by mamacravings
I would like to proudly introduce the newest book reviewer in our family: 3 year-old Eli.
The next bit is where I would normally give my spill on a particular book as it relates to some of the many roles I play. In this case, Eli is taking on the perspective of the reader. And I am still holding onto my titles as “teacher” and “mother.”
As a Reader:
Here is Eli’s review of Corey and Daisy-The Ball by Scott Clements: CLICK FOR VIDEO
Overall, Eli’s take on the book, “It muh favorites.” We read it countless times, and it was his companion all weekend.
As a Teacher:
There is a sing-song rhythm throughout the book that Eli hummed along to as I read. Such rhyme and rhythm is spectacular for developing fluency. When an emergent reader hears the song of a story, he is understanding that words have a flow. Building fluency is directly linked to building comprehension.
Each page only has a few words. Because this is a mystery story, there are ample opportunities for predictions. Clements adds quite a bit of foreshadowing which also conjures up the natural question, “What could happen next?”
Corey and Daisy-The Ball pairs many words with the illustration laid out closely to the written word. When a child sees the word “ball” and a picture of a ball, he begins to associate that picture with that word. Soon he will be able to sight read the word “ball” without the visual clue.
As a Mama:
Raising an avid baby book-lover, little Eli’s favorite activity is to grab a book and a cuddle. We pour over our books. We “ooh” and “ahh” at the illustrations. He will stop me in the middle of the book, so that he can create his own ending. After his own acted-out conclusion, he will ask to hear the book again…and again…and again.
This weekend alone we read Clements’ book at least half a dozen times. The captivating illustrations, the sing-song rhythm and the precious story kept it fresh and enjoyable…even on the 902834089 time we “star’ded it o’bur froms ‘da fwront.”
Reading with my son are some of my most cherished times. I bury my face deep into his curls. He rubs my hand. We fall back into the comfort of one another and let a magical story transport us into a world of imagination that we share just with one another.
Corey and Daisy-The Ball has been a beautiful edition to our home library. As a reader, as a teacher and as a mama, I would highly recommend it.
And more importantly so would my little book worm.