Mole's favorite thing is to stick labels on things. Sometimes it is a noun (like father) sometimes it is an adjective (like scaly). One day while adding labels to things in the forest, Mole came across something he didn't recognize. He added a label "lumpy," but this thing was so big, he needed more labels: huge, mossy, striped, mysterious ... and so on. By the time Mole realized it was a sleeping beast, it was too late! The beast woke up and started eating his labels. He was mad and stormed off, but the beast started following him and eating ALL the labels. When Mole had enough, he yelled at the beast. Was it too late to be friends?
This is a book my then preschooler would have wanted to read hundreds of times! I would have gladly obliged because with all those labels, there is plenty to explore and dig into!!
The beast is never named, though it is obviously an alligator or crocodile. Young readers will love being able to "label" it themselves, in addition to helping Mole label all of the other things that it sees. One of the really cool things about the book is the variety of words offered. There are named objects like "mushroom" and "feather," but it is the adjectives that make this book shine. They incorporate senses beyond just what kids see: tactile, like "bumpy" and audible like "burpy," While kids will know some concepts like sorry and dangerous, there are opportunities to help them label feelings and other concepts.
This is a must-have for preschoolers and kids learning to read. Mole's labeling is a great way to introduce word labels in your own home, too.
Kids will giggle at Mole's adventure and soak up all the different words it uses to describe a "beast." Readers get to decide what it is, because it is the only noun not labeled in the story.
None, though your child might want to start labeling everything in your house.
This is a humorous friendship story about a mole and a crocodile.
With all of Mole's labels on the pages, there are TONS of opportunities to point at words and help kids built their sight-word vocabulary. You might "inspire" them to be like Mole and try their hand at labeling things in your home ... even if you have to help write them or spell them out.
Dangerous! is also a great story of friendship and trust ... plenty to talk about.
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Buy! This is a book preschoolers will want to read over and over and over again.