Saturday, April 27, 2013

Review: Is Everyone Ready for Fun?

Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas

This book is a lot of fun for young kids! Three cows are looking for some fun! They jump, dance, and wiggle on Chicken's couch. But each time, Chicken gets so mad at them. This book would be very interactive for children because each time the cows do something on the couch, the reader is encouraged to do it too. At the very end, the cows are so exhausted that they have to take a nap! And Chicken's ready for one too!

I would love to read this book with the kindergarteners in my student teaching classroom but I think it would be more appropriate for the beginning of the year. The text is very easy. All the words are big and thick so students can easily see them. Sight words are written in bold text in opposite colors than the background colors. I also really liked how colorful and clear the pictures are.

Jan Thomas is the author and illustrator of many other children's picturebooks as well. On her website, you can also find a bunch of activities that the author has created for using with most of her books. Another book of hers that looks really cute is Rhyming Dust Bunnies and it's sequel, Here Comes the Big Mean Dust Bunny. These books would both be great for working on rhyming words or word families with students. I'm really excited to find out about this author and look forward to using it in my future classroom!

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