- Book Style: Reader/Sing Along
- Reading Level: 1 (Beginning Reading due to: easier vocabulary, repetition of clauses in song)
- Reading Length: 3-4 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Very cute, drawing, cartoonish
I’m Bringing Home a Baby Bumble Bee: …And a Few Friends is a sing along book for toddlers. This book is targeted at the 6 months to 3 years age range for our little toddlers. What the author
There are a total of 10 insects that your toddler will learn as you two run through the book. Each time you get to a new insect, you’ll be greeted with a new verse to speak or sing through. The verses are formatted the same as the original but with the words changed to suit your new insect. For example, when we get to the snail we find her munching “Mommy’s kale.” What a guy.
What I really like about the book is how the repetition of the verse will help your toddler retain words and ideas. If they’re on the younger side of 1, they’re likely to retain the pattern of the song and maybe some of the pictures. If they’re on the older side of 2, your child is likely to start retaining words, cadence, and maybe even start to be able to read a couple of words with you. I will guarantee that every child will remember the illustrations, just due to how they’re done.
On the topic of illustrations: They’re so cute, it’s ridiculous. I’m not one to enjoy many illustrations of a spider, but I have to say that the little buck teeth on the purple fuzzy spider drew me in. It’s just that cute, as are all the illustrations in this book. They all have a hand-drawn and hand-colored feel, as well as a truly cute style. There’s no illustration in the book that my toddler didn’t love, and I could tell that each one stuck with him. Now, don’t get me wrong…the boy knows his bugs, but the drawings really did help.
All in all, this is a great sing along book for babies and toddlers. This little book retails at a ridiculously low price of $0.99 USD on Amazon for the e-book and a whopping $8.99 USD for a paperback. I think given the format of the book, I’d suggest you go all out and splurge (and buy the paperback). There’s nothing wrong with the ebook format, but I think the illustrations are just something your child is going to want to get his/her hands on.
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