Realistic, fun, and interactive.

Summary:

Monty is a frog with a secret. He's afraid of the water. He has done everything possible to avoid swimming. He wants to learn, but he doesn't know what to do. When the reader [the audience] suggests he talks to his parents, he does. When the family heads out to the beach, Monty asks the reader along for support. It works! 


Parent Perspective:
This book was a surprise. I enjoyed how Monty engaged the reader (I can see preschoolers inching closer to the page) and I liked the realism of his hesitancy to share his fears with his parents. Monty is a character in whom kids will see themselves, even if water isn't something they are afraid of.

To be honest, this was not the story I was expecting - and that is a really good thing. While I get that Monty's fear of the water is one that many kids will relate to, I wish it could have been couched as a feeling, not a secret. I get why and it will work for kids, but because we adults have put so much "weight" around the word secret, I worry that adults will shy away from sharing this truly fun, engaging book.  


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Simple illustrations and an expressive frog who engages with the reader will have them wanting to help Monty over and over again.

Content Awareness Factors:

Monty's secret is a fear of water. "Secret" can be a sensitive word, but in this case, it is about a personal fear.


Type of Book:
This is an interactive story where the main character asks the reader to help solve a problem.
Educational Themes:

Monty's fear is water and swimming, but his emotions and the solution process can apply to any fear. If your child is afraid of something, this book could help model a discussion about ways to work through the fear. 

Reading Level:
1.4
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. A fun summer read, but not one that will be of interest next year.

Title Can I Tell You a Secret?
Author Anna Kang
Publisher Harper, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2016
Illustrators Christopher Weyant
ISBN 9780062396846
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Family, Emotions and Feelings, Humor, Life Lessons
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