Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Billy & Milly: Short & Silly - great fun for beginning readers (ages 3 - 7)

Do you have a child just beginning to read? Or a preschooler who wants their books short and silly? Billy & Milly: Short & Silly is a funny, lively book that's sure to bring giggles. It uses just a few words on each page to create great laughs.

Billy & Milly: Short & Silly
written by Eve B. Feldman
pictures by Tuesday Mourning
NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2009
ages 3 - 7
available on Amazon or at your local library
Using just 3 or 4 rhyming words, this picture book sets up situations that will have kids thinking and laughing out loud. Can you think what picture goes with this?
"Stoops /
Hoops, Scoops /
(turn the page)
Two friends are sitting on their front stoops, one starts playing basketball while the other eats an ice cream. Turn the page, and the basketball lands - you guessed it, right on the ice cream cone. Kids can often predict what is going to happen on the next page, not to mention come up with the fourth rhyming word. The pictures tell the story, the words are easy to read, and the payoff is great.

There are 13 very short stories in this book - each with a quick punchline. These stories are also great for helping kids develop their language skills in a playful, fun way. Try getting them to explain what is happening in each picture. Or you can play with rhyming words, thinking up your own rhyming word combination.

Enjoy, and have fun coming up with your own rhyming combinations. This is connected to the game "Hink Pink" where you come up with a rhyming pair, and then think up clues for friends to guess. It might go like this: "What type of resting place is best to enjoy at sunset?" "A red bed."

The review copy came from our local library. If you make a purchase using the Amazon links here, a small portion will go to Great Kid Books (at no cost to you). Thank you for your support.

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