- Book Style: Storybook with a moral connection
- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: So ridiculously cute
May I Play With You? is a graphical storybook for toddlers. It’s a pretty simple story, with some pretty heavy moral basis; it hits the topics of friendship, diversity, and social skills pretty hard. Our protagonist, who is a baby black sheep, has trouble finding a friend to play with. She can’t find anyone to play with because the animals around her farm are already playing and having fun. They all turn her away. However, in the end, the little sheep ends up with lots of friends to play with.
This book has clearly been created with children just learning to read (in mind). There is no page with a large amount of text and our author, Galina Dovich makes the vocabulary accessible for almost any age. What’s really great about how this book is written is that the illustrations match up so closely with the words on the page. This meant my little toddler could read the book through the pictures if he couldn’t read all the words. This is great for children just starting to read, as they can learn some autonomy while they learn to read!
Remember those morals we spoke about earlier? Well, they’re my favourite part of this book. Our author makes sure your child will learn a valuable lesson with this story. As the animals reject the baby sheep’s requests to play, my little guy identified with the baby sheep. He felt sad when the sheep looked sad, and felt happy when the animals wanted to play with the baby sheep. In the end, my child understood the impact the animals saying no to the sheep had on the sheep.
Another thing I really enjoy about this book is the storyline. The little sheep shows that there’s truth in the old adage “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again”. The resiliency the sheep shows means that when she finally comes across a little kitten, the sheep and the little kitten become fast friends. What’s great about this is it’s the fact that they’re both different (than the other animals around the farm) that eventually helps them to become friends. In turn, the rest of the animals want to play with the sheep and the kitten because they start having so much fun!
A little bit about the illustration in this book…they’re all just plain fun and I think every character in the book was drawn to be incredibly cute. Our illustrator (named Nethart) definitely knows that cute pictures help with the retention of information in children. Nethart employs this tactic extremely well and you child will benefit from it.
In the end, this is a fun ebook at a fantastic price. The ebook is only $1.99! In any case, if you’re looking for a cute storybook with a strong moral connection, go no further. Click below to buy the book:
Thanks for reading,