Recently I had an opportunity to review Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again from Greene Bark Press.
Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again is a board book for ages 3-8 to teach children about crossing the street safely. The story is about a duck named Wally Waddlewater who makes a card for his grandmother and wants to mail it, but first he has to learn how to cross the street safely. As he goes through the book he learns how to look left, look right, look left again, and make sure that nothing is in sight (cars, buses, trucks, trains, and elephants.) The book also covers crossing safely at crosswalks, waiting for the light to change before you cross, railroad crossings, not to run after bouncing balls in the street, and watching and listening for emergency vehicles.
You can purchase Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again for $8.50.
I was interested in reviewing this book because I have 4 children in the 3-8 year old age range and we live out in the country where they do not have to regularly cross the street. But, I want the children to be aware of how to cross the street properly for those times that we do go into town. I thought this book would be a cute way to teach them that they would remember.
When our book first arrived, the children tore open the package and of course wanted me to read it right away. We opened the first page and something was not quite right. The book was put together incorrectly and the inside cover was upside down.
A quick email to customer service and a new book was mailed to me the next day.
I used this book as a read aloud for my 2,4,6 and 8 year olds. We read the story once a day for several days. The book is a board book which makes it very sturdy for the age range it is intended for. It is very bright and colorful. We loved the illustrations! The letters are big and bold. The children thought the character's name, Wally Waddlesworth was really cute. I really like the way the story is told. It teaches very important lessons about crossing the street safely but in a way that is fun an engaging for children. I like that through the story mama duck is there to teach Wally how to do the right thing and has him practice over, and over, and over. She also offers positive reinforcement when he does listen and pay attention. I like how the story covers paying attention to traffic lights, "who is the boss of when to cross", and railroad crossings as well.
The children enjoyed having the story read to them. But did it teach them anything? Well, when we were going to the library the other day and had to walk across the parking light, my Anthony said, "Don't forget to look left, look right, look left again!"
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