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on Aug. 29, 2015 :
The focus was on lessons that, quite frankly, seemed a little disjointed from the story. I did like the lessons that were intended as a main focus and for a daycare or classroom this book is very well suited. There is an activity after every story that can be used to entertain a group of children, which is a fun way to interact with kids and encourage their learning.
The lesson about wearing roller blades while walking a dog is a very good one, and I wish in addition to the other lessons there had been a quick few about the proper care of puppies and how much work it takes. This book was in an excellent position to use a fun way to teach children how to properly care for a puppy, but I feel like that opportunity was missed.
I didn't particularly care for the berries that the squirrel threw out of the berry tree. There is only a handful of trees in the whole world that produce berries and of those few, even fewer are considered edible. I think the tree should have had nuts so as not to confuse smaller children about where berries come from. I found myself worried about kids in yards playing under a tree that contains mistletoe. Anyone who doesn't know that mistletoe is a plant all on its own would think that the tree makes those berries and if the squirrel in the story could play with them then that makes it alright.
I am aware that scenario is a stretch, but if I thought of it immediately, then I felt it warranted a mention.
Overall, this seems like it would be a fun group activity for children around 4 to 6 years old.
(review of free book)