My favorite book out of the three (and the book that was age-appropriate for my children: ages three and five) was Can a Princess Be a Firefighter. This book was very cute and I loved the underlying message; that you can be anything that you want to be. Although the characters were two small girls, my son liked it as well. He stopped and asked me a couple times if he could be my prince and work in the different professions. Another thing that I liked in this book is that it encourages kids to do jobs that they love. This is something that I think is very important in this day and age.
I also liked that the little girls were asking a lot of questions to determine what they could be when they grew up. I have always encouraged questions with my children. After all, if they don’t feel comfortable asking you things, how will they learn and grow?
The second book, Rocket-Bye, is a bedtime poem about two children that travel to the stars, moon, and planets. I thought that it was very cute, and I loved the illustrations. It encourages learning by showcasing the planets and some of the constellations. However, I definitely think that my two children are a little too young to truly enjoy it. However, they did love looking at the pictures, and my daughter said, “Look! That’s where we live,” when she saw the illustration of Earth.
In my opinion, the grade level listed for this book (P-2) is a little off. I think that a Kindergartener would better be able to understand it, but definitely not a preschooler. I think it would be a great book to read to them when they are a bit older as an introduction to astronomy.
I really liked If You Were Me and Lived in…Italy, however, it is not meant for children as young as my own. This book would be a great learning tool for children in 2nd or 3rd grade, but it would also need to be a teacher-led lesson instead of a book for a child to read at circle time.
I loved that the book described the way of life of people who live in Italy. It was a very informative book, and I would love to have the rest of the books in this series–not because my children like them right now (at ages three and five), but because they would be fantastic teaching tools when they are a bit older. The illustrations were also very good, and both of my children liked looking at the pictures even if they were confused by many of the words.
I definitely loved all three of these books and would love to have more of them. However, I will say that you may want to sample the books before buying them to determine if they are meant for the grade-level of your child(ren).
Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking. Check out her website at www.bckwritingcorner.com.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Carole P. Roman. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.