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First Time Sleepover and Big Day Out
( by Jess Stockham, Child's 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 the museum or on a first sleeepover (with Mommy along). 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 not so much a story as it is a chronicle of a typical event. It is peppered with lots of questions that will invite opinions of the young listener, as well. Another two titles in the series are worth looking at as well; Nursery, about going to school and Baby Sitter, when Mom and Dad go out for an evening. 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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