The Things A String Can Be

Summary:

Now that the rain has stopped, it's time to go outside. When Sam asks for some toys, Mom suggests that he see what he can find outside. In a puddle he finds a string … and his imagination takes off.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The story moves quickly and the strings are used in activities most kids will recognize. The activity pages are a nice complement.

Content Awareness Factors:

The rhyme can be awkard at times. The last pages are string crafts, not string activities which were the basis of the story.


Little Kid Reaction

We had a couple of "read this again, Mom" requests, the first couple of days, but after that could garner little interest.

Big Kid Reaction

This was a disappointment. We were expecting the story to engage the reader/listener's imagination, instead, the pages asserted what Sam thought and offered his conclusion immediately.

Type of Book:
This is a picture book that encourages kids to use their imaginations.
Educational Themes:

You can use the story as a way to push kids' imagination. We'd recommend asking the questions and letting them play with a string BEFORE reading, as the book pretty much takes over the ideas.

Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
2 to 5
Age of child:
Read with 4½-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at best. If you like imagination play and sometimes need help setting the stage, this is a great book.

Title The Things a String Can Be
Author Julie Goulis
Publisher Bubblegum Books © 2015
Illustrators John H. Ferguson
ISBN 0975462105
Material Hard Cover
Cost $14.99
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