I Like Gum


Our narrator takes us along as she explains what she likes - and doesn't - about many of her favorite things. For example, she likes gum, but not in her hair or under her shoe or on her chair.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Colorful illustrations bring to life this catalog of the things kids like and dislike. Although this is meant to be a book you read to your kids, the simple text is great for new readers. The illustrations are perfect for helping them decode the words.

Content Awareness Factors:

This isn't a story, per se. It is one girl's list of things she likes and doesn't.

Little Kid Reaction

The illustrations are what got my daughter interested in this book. She especially liked the images of "gross and messy stuff."

Parent Reaction

Frankly, the girl was a little too cranky for my taste. Even so, this is a nice book to have around for reading with kids who are picky or put conditions on everything.

Type of Book:
This is a picture book that shows kids that even everyday things have limits.
Educational Themes:

This is a book you could use to talk about choices (like what happens when you don't throw your gum in the trash), consequences, and feelings (ask the reader how he/she feels about what is described). It is also a way to frame the idea of limitations and that you don't have to like "everything all the time."

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read by an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. The illustrations alone make it worth sharing. It is a book kids can explore on their own, and preschoolers can "read" for themselves.

Title I Like Gum
Author Dorren Tango Hampton
Publisher Shenanigan Books © 2007
Illustrators Gina Pfleegor
ISBN 9780972661423
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.95
Genres Emotions and Feelings, Rhyme, Growing Up
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