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First Time Baby Sitter and Nursery School
( by Jess Stockham, Childs Play $5.99 Score: )

These are two of a new series of toddler books about first time experiences. Unlike the usual psychodrama with separation tears, these slice-of -life books follow the process of going to nursery school or being left with a sitter without the tears. The colorful illustrations follow events as they would typically unfold in the best of all possible worlds. Maybe these should have been titled, Second Time, since the child seems to know just what comes next and the supporting adult in each setting. The illustrations are cheerful, colorful and populated with a multi-cultural cast of characters. Printed on sturdy cardboard stock, they will withstand unpracticed and often rough handling toddlers dole out as they look at their books independently. Unlike usual storybooks, the text is peppered with lots of questions that will invite opinions of the young listener, as well. Two other titles in the series are worth looking at as well; Big Day Out, about a trip to a museum and Sleepover, an overnight away from home but with Mom. There are all good choices for 2's and 3's.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Review Published: Click here to purchase the product on

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