A Home Safety Book for Preschoolers


There are so many things our young narrator wants to explore. Every room of the house seems to have something that is dangerous: fire and electricity, tools, sewing boxes, cleaning supplies, kitchen stuff, even toys left on the stairs. But thanks to Mom, our young reader can't reach some things, and knows to stay away from others.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a sturdy book that reinforces the things Mom and Dad say about staying safe.

Content Awareness Factors:

This is not American English. You'll find Mum, plasters, spanners, and poppers. They are all used in context, so it's easy to answer the "what's that" question ... you just need to know it's there.

Little Kid Reaction

Our child picked this book because it looked like "fun." The pages moved and there were things hidden behind the flaps. While s/he enjoyed that for a while, we could get very few complete cover-to-cover readings.

Parent Reaction

The story is probably better suited to toddlers and preschoolers. The rhyming text makes it attractive, and the opened flaps give you a full picture of all of the dangerous things mentioned in the text. It would have been nice to go beyond the litany of dangerous things to add a rhyme about staying safe.

Type of Book:
This is a lift-the-flap book that helps children learn to make safe choices.
Educational Themes:

What you see is what you get with this book. It offers a room-by-room poem for the dangerous things kids can encounter. It is a perfect starting place for talking about safety and creating safe practices with your kids.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
5 to 8
Recommended Age To Read Together:
2 to 6
Age of child:
Started reading with 5-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. The rhyming text and illustrations help parents discuss safety in a way that doesn't sound like Mom & Dad talking. Even though it probably says what you say already, somehow a book sounds "smarter" than parents.

Title Dangerous Places: A Home Safety Book

Through The Peephole

Author Caroline Hardy
Publisher Mercury Books © 2006
Illustrators Louise Daykin
ISBN 1845600134
Material Hard Cover
Cost $9.95
Genres Poetry, Life Lessons
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