Thursday, March 7, 2013

Spike the Mixed Up Monster - A Book Review

SpikeI recently read the book Spike the Mixed Up Monster by Susan Hood and Melissa Sweet which was mentioned on The Picnic Basket. This is the review that I gave the book (I am not being paid to give this review):

This is a great young children’s book with wonderful opportunities for learning. The illustrations are colorful and eye catching. The story is interesting and can be used for vocabulary development. It also gives Spanish words to introduce other cultures into learning. At the back of the book, the Spanish words and definitions are also given. The animals that are mentioned would be a great way to incorporate the book into a science lesson. In the back of the book, the author gives more information about the animals. This book would also be a great book to talk about social skills such as making friends, being different, feeling good about yourself, and individual strengths. After reading this book, students could be encouraged to draw their own monsters which would incorporate art with reading. Students might also want to find out more about other animals that some people might consider monsters.
I would definitely give this book a 5. This book would be great in an early childhood classroom or the school library. It would be useful for a class lesson or just for entertainment.

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