Saturday, January 3, 2009

Ralphina, the Roly-Poly by Claudia Chandler

A book that is so charming and so beautifully illustrated that it is a pleasure for every reader. Preschoolers and early readers will especially enjoy discovering the hidden world of a tiny insect.

Ralphina is a young roly-poly, living in the garden of a family with a little boy. Ralphina asks her mother how she can get the little boy to be her friend.

Once they meet, Ralphina tells Alec all about roly-polies. The book is both fun and educational.

My Review:
Children are introduced to a tiny insect in this colorful book about roly-polies. The story of friendship is one a child will easily relate to, while learning about gardens and crustaceans.

I like the way the author has the boy gently handle the roly-poly and return her to the garden, thereby teaching a lesson in kindness. Notes at the end of the book give additional facts.

This beautifully illustrated book is a good choice for young readers.

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