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by Amitis Karami

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The first thing that you notice as you open this book is the beautiful illustrations. The pictures are clear and simple enough to appeal to the desired reading level and I simply loved the look of the book. I also have to congratulate the author for tackling a children's book as there first book. As a children's author and forma teacher I can understand what a huge challenge this is. On the whole the author has set the language at an appropriate level for an early reader although there are a few words and phrases that go into another level of reading.

The book is written in verse and I believe this is an area that lets the book down. The verse is clumsy in places and the English poor in order to get the rhyme to work. My experience is that this lack of fluid reading would make it extremely hard for a young reader to engage with the book. There is good repetition at the end of the book when the animals ask to stay a good technique for teaching early readers. However, this is only evident on a couple of pages it would be an advantage to continue this throughout. The use of capital letters with the type is also a concern for me as young children do not recognise capitols until later on in there life.

Overall this is a really good first attempt which needs some alterations to be an excellent read. I suggest that the author does some research into children's books and their common techniques and finds a friendly editor for advice and support in order to turn this book into a real commercial success.

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The author recently sent me a changed copy of this book and I have to say it is a great improvement. The story flows wonderfully and with the illustrations this makes a brilliant children's book. The repetition used in the story means it could be read by adults to children or be used for young adults to read themselves. A brilliant new edition. ( )
  samarnold1975 | Aug 4, 2014 |
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