Wednesday, March 7, 2012

READ-4-LUCK: Tummy Girl by Roseanne Thong

If you didn't get to take my QUIZ (or poll?), you still can. Be sure you GUESS first before checking the answers. It's only ONE question. Go ahead, ENDULGE your mind, tickle the FUN factor.

READ-4-LUCK is the weekly feature that acts as a book recommendation, book review, teaching tip, and writing lesson for children, parents, teachers, and writers.

 = Not bad. Might read twice.

 = Fun read first few times. Would get from library again.
 = Very enjoyable. Wouldn't mind owning a copy.
 = Awesome! Never tiresome for children, parents, teachers, or writers. May just have to buy this book.

This week's pick is Tummy Girl written by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by Sam Williams.
Rhyming text celebrates the early years of a daughter's life, from wobbly first steps to romping in the rain.

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Year: 2007
Word Count: 289
Book Level: 2.3
Age: 2-5
Topic: Babies, toddlers, relationships
Theme: Growing up, celebrating life
First Lines:
Once there was a tummy girl...A full-of-warm-milk yummy girl. A round-and-jiggly tummy girl, Once there was a bubble girl...A getting-into-trouble girl, A sudsy, wudsy bubble girl, 
CHILDREN:  So cute with such fun rhyme and word play. Girls love books about babies. (Or at least my girl does.)

PARENTS:  A cute book! This is the kind of book I typically don't read anymore, but the rhyme and rhythm drew me in. I wish I had this book when my daughter was one, two, or even three. Alas, now she is five. I would have read this one over and over. I'm sure she would have loved it even more when she was younger.

 A definite must for PRESCHOOL teachers. Activities could range from finger painting to finger play songs, from body part recognition to body movement activities, or from playing dress-up to acting out in a play.

 Another "shortie". Less than 300 words. I love the RHYME! Lots of internal rhyme. The meter is so fun to read aloud. All the ending lines rhyme with "girl".

Be sure to visit other "perfect picture books" at Susanna Leonard Hill's blog.

Keep on keepin' on...


  1. I really like the rhyme in the book! Sounds cute :)

  2. This does sound like a lot of fun for real littlies!

  3. My boy might like this too as he's just fascinated by other babies. Thanks for adding this to the list (I subscribe, but forgot to drop by on Wednesday).

  4. This one looks cute. Thanks for the recommendation!

  5. Such a cute book for young children. Love the rhyming. It's done well!

  6. I love rhyme so this is going on my library list. Sounds so cute :-)


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