Monday, November 21, 2011

Cows Can't Jump (Book Review)

Please note: this review has been moved over from my former blog for you to enjoy. It would make a great Christmas book for a special little someone. Please watch for my upcoming review of "Cows Can't Quack" coming in the next month hopefully. =D

Do you have a favorite book from your preschool years or do you have a favorite book that you remember when you started to read and loved to read to others? My personal favorites were "Beady Bear" and the Little Bear series - awesome books I still remember Dad reading to me at bedtime.

The book I'm about to review will fast become your child's favorite bedtime story. The text is very easy for kids to memorize and "read" aloud to their siblings and family. And the words are an easy introduction to sight reading. Available as a Board Book and also as a Paperback.

Games to play as you read:
  1. For kids that can't sit still - Read the book to your kids while they "pantomime" the action words in the story. Ex: Cows can't jump.... but they can swim.  Pigs can't fly.... but they can wallow. Ducks can't spring... but they can waddle.
  2. For kids that LOVE to draw - Give your kids a poster board and have them draw what they are hearing. Provide crayons, markers, pens, paints, etc 
  3. In the car - You start a sentence by saying: Rabbits can't swim.... and the kids say but they can hop!
  4. For kids that LOVE to cuddle & read: Read the book with them by pointing just under the words so they can see that what you are reading corresponds with the words on the book (this is important to all ages - even kids that are starting to read themselves).
Cows Can't Jump
By Dave Reisman
Illustrated by Jason A Maas
ISBN: 978-0-9801433-0-0 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0-9801433-1-7 (board book)

Is it really true that cows can't jump, gorillas can't swim and sloths can't leap? Yes, but discover what these and other animals can do, as they swing, scamper and glide through Cows Can't Jump! In this humorous and inspirational adventure, animals focus on what they do best, comfortably aware they can t do everything, but proud of their own special skills. Vibrantly illustrated, Cows Can't Jump will help young readers learn diverse and dynamic words, while absorbing a subtle yet powerful message that builds self-esteem and teaches respect and humility.

My thoughts: 
This book is a great book to read with younger children. They are able to memorize it easily and "read" it for themselves and their younger siblings. It comes in a board book ($10.19) for babies and toddlers and it's also available as a paperback ($7.99) for kids in preschool and up. It's perfect for kids learning to read. The ideal book for encouraging, building esteem and teaching that while everyone can't do everything - they can do something.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received "Cows Can't Jump" for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


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  2. I always buy books as a new baby present. I love books and I want to make every kid I meet a reader!

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