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.
The story moves quickly and the strings are used in activities most kids will recognize. The activity pages are a nice complement.
The rhyme can be awkard at times. The last pages are string crafts, not string activities which were the basis of the story.
We had a couple of "read this again, Mom" requests, the first couple of days, but after that could garner little interest.
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.
This is a picture book that encourages kids to use their imaginations.
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.
6 to 9
2 to 5
Read with 4½-year-old child.
Borrow, at best. If you like imagination play and sometimes need help setting the stage, this is a great book.