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Come Back, Ben (I Like to Read®)

by John Hassett, Ann Hassett

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This “I Like to Read” book uses simple vocabulary and repetitive text. However, it avoids the monotonous tone that some early reading books have.

Ben’s red balloon carries him up through the window, past bees, over the tree, and on until he reaches the moon. Ben fills his pocket with moon rocks in order to return to Earth. He waves goodbye to his sister as she begins her own journey with the red balloon.

The illustrations are bright, simple drawings. Oddly, Ben is a drawn, roughly cut out, and pasted character on each page. The pictures would appeal to children preschool and kindergarten age. However, the humorous tone would engage a six-year-old as well.

This would be a charming gift for a child who is just learning to read. ( )
  Bonnie_Ferrante | Jul 10, 2016 |
Quite a balloon! ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
(140) Kirkus Best Children's Books of 2013 ( )
  activelearning | Dec 15, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0823425991, Hardcover)

A house has a face, hills change their shapes, a rainbow reverses its colors, and a balloon takes a boy to the moon. The day is full of surprises!

"Bye, Ben," says his sister as Ben's red balloon takes him up, up, up . . . past bees in a tree, a kite on the big hill, and a rainbow in the clouds. When Ben finally reaches the moon, he puts moon rocks in his pockets and comes down again. Now the rainbow, the hill, the kite, the tree, and the bees all wear happy faces. And it's his sister's turn!

Colorful cut-paper-and-ink artwork holds humorous surprises for the observant reader. All objects have life and are subject to change, underscoring Ben's sense of joy and wonder.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:22 -0400)

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