I’m a book addict. There, I said it. I have lots of book shelves, and enough books that my poor husband is worried about our household goods weight allowance for our next move. That being said, I never, ever turn down a book- especially not a children’s book! This month, I was sent a copy of “Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again,” a board book from Greene Bark Press.
This book is about a little duck, who wants to bring a letter to his Grandmother. He sets out to her house, and looks left, then looks right, and then tries to cross the street. His mother has to pull him back, because a car zips past, and he didn’t look left again! The mother reminds him that he has to always look both ways, and then look left again, because cars are so fast!
He has to practice before he can walk alone, so the story follows him and his mother all over town, while they practice looking left, looking right, and looking left again. He has to stop for everything, from cars, trucks, buses, trains, fire trucks and more, before he masters looking left, right, and back again, and he gets to cross the street (safely) to bring the letter to his grandmother.
Its a simple story, with an important message. The text is interesting, with just the right amount of rhyme and interest for a little one. It’s one of the longer board books we have, with the most text. It takes me about 10 minutes to read it to Little Miss and let her look at all the pictures.
This book has become Little Miss’ new favorite thing. She lugs it around everywhere with her. She wants it to be read over and over again, and she’ll sit for much longer than I expect a little one to sit with a book “reading” it to herself and her stuffed animals. It stays in her bed to sleep at night, and is carried down to breakfast when she wakes up.
That, is what makes this book a real winner to me. Not only does it have a wonderful message, but it’s the perfect book for a toddler/preschooler. It’s just the right size for little hands. It’s the right thickness to be treated a little roughly. The pages can hold up to uncoordinated page turning. The colors are bright enough to hold interest, and the pages are varied enough to keep a little girl coming back to the story again and again. This is by far the only book on our book shelves, I must have dozens of board books- but this is the first book to have held her attention and become something “special”.
In a Nutshell
This book about road crossing safety is a huge hit in my house. It is high quality, well made, and became an instant favorite with my toddler. We were able to learn quickly how to cross the street safely, and even my littlest one will say “Left, Right, AGAIN!” when we are out and about in our small town. I am always grateful for products that make teaching these important lessons even easier! This book is written for children 3-8, and all three of my children 2-7 enjoyed it.
You can get a copy from Greene Bark Press for $8.50.