Talk-Along Story Series
Author: Dick Punnett Illustrator: Tom Dunnington
Age range: preschool – 7
Reviewer: Jeanette Perkins aka Beeba
In the interactive Talk-Along Book series, children participate by guessing rhyming answers. Every time they see a “…” they have to guess what word should come next in the story. This series is a fun way to help your grand learn colors, counting and much more.
Name Lizzy’s Colors is a rhyming tale about a lizard who can change her color to blend in with her background. She gets in many dangerous situations and Lizzy forgets to change her color to protect herself. Here is where your grand joins in to help save Lizzy. This story teaches colors in an entertaining way.
Count the Possums tells us about a Mama possum who walks around with all ten of her babies on her long tail. But a big storm blows in and all of her ten babies are lost. Mama cannot count, so as the story progresses, your grand must help her count as each baby possum is found and all ten are back in place. This book teaches counting and adding in an entertaining way.
Name Patty’s Pets begins with a young girl finding a ball of fur and taking it home. She is not sure what her pet it. After the fur has a bath, she is sure she has a cat. But it keeps changing into a bigger animal that your grand must help her guess the name of. You will have to read the whole story to see what Patty’s pet really is. This book teaches different types of animals through rhyming verse.
Help Jumbo Escape tells us about a baby elephant who is separated from his mother. Each page contains a rhyme that asks your grand to help Jumbo make his way through different dangerous situations on his quest to find his mother. Can he escape a snake, tiger and other scary beasts? Rhyme your way through to find out.
Help Dress Priscilla is a silly story about helping a mother gorilla escape her captor who is taking her to a zoo. By chance, Priscilla comes into possession of a clothesline of women’s attire. The rhyme in this book ask your grand to help Priscilla to disguise herself by putting the women’s clothes on the right parts of her body.
This educational series is interactive and asks the child to fill in missing rhyming words as each story progresses. Vocabulary development, spelling, auditory discrimination and attention to visual cues are stressed. The illustrations are colorful, and fit well with each theme.
There are eight interactive Talk-Along Books in the series. The other three of the Talk-Along Books are in a coloring book format: Help Bruce Goose Fly South, Let’s Haunt A House, and Help Mister Turkel Change His Shape.
About the author:
Dick Punnett drew up in Penfield, NY, and graduated from Principia College. For over 35 years he has delighted children of preschool to seven years of age with books that have made learning fun. Because he spent a number of years as a writer-cartoonist for a Hollywood animation studio, his illustrations have a special appeal for children.
About the illustrator:
Tom Dunnington hails from the Midwest. He attended the John Herron Institute of Art in Indianapolis, the American Academy of Art and the Chicago Art Institute. He has been an art instructor and illustrator for many years. He also worked on a series of paintings of endangered birds.
About the reviewer:
Jeanette Perkins is the grandmother of two adorable grandsons. She lives in beautiful St Pete Beach, FL. Jeanette is a product reviewer for GRAND and is looking forward to reviewing lots of new and useful products for all us grandparents.
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