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take a peek with Peek-a-Bear (Book) Review

 
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3.5/ 5


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Fun interactive pages keep young children involved.

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Improper capitalization is an annoyance.


Final Fiendish Findings?

“Take a peek out of the window while you’re driving down the street, what do you see marching by with big clunky feet?” For those of us with young children in our lives, providing quality books that will capture the imagination and foster a (hopefully) life-long love of reading is often a high priority. After […]

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Posted June 13, 2015 by

 
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“Take a peek out of the window while you’re driving down the street, what do you see marching by with big clunky feet?”

For those of us with young children in our lives, providing quality books that will capture the imagination and foster a (hopefully) life-long love of reading is often a high priority. After all, the stories we read when they are young become the building blocks they’ll need when they begin learning to read themselves, making them important far beyond the snuggling and bonding time that a bedtime story provides (although that’s important too). Finding the right book is a balance of fun features that kids will enjoy, illustrations that will capture the eye, and text that won’t annoy you when your child asks to hear it for the tenth time in a row. It’s a pretty tall order, and not every book gets it right.

take a peek with Peek-a-Bear is a book that will appeal to mostly toddlers and young preschoolers. With its sturdy hardcover construction, it should stand up nicely to lots of reading (although, as with any lift the flap type book, you’ll have to be watchful for kids who like to tear).  The book stars Peek-a-Bear, a cute little teddy bear who travels in a variety of different ways on each page of the book. Whether he’s riding on a train, a space ship, or a ride at the county fair, Peek-a-Bear peeks out to see cute and colorful animals on every page.

As you might have guessed, it’s the “peeking” part that lets kids interact with the book. On some pages, this happens in standard lift-the-flap form, with kids opening a cardboard flap up or to the side to see what is hidden beneath it. On other pages, kids will pull a cardboard flap down to reveal the pictures, and there’s even a spinning wheel featuring all of the animals to end the book. By far the favorite with our testers was the train page, which featured actual fabric curtains hiding dual windows with friendly cows in a rainbow of colors. Every page has interaction and a new type of animal, which should keep young children engaged for the whole reading.

The text in take a peek with Peek-a-Bear is fairly well done, with the rhyming and repetition young kids adore showing up on every page. Kids are asked over and over to “take a peek out of the window”, but it doesn’t ever get annoying to read (although it is a bit forgettable). The one problem I have with the text stems from my belief that it’s best to present kids of all ages with proper form. Seeing the same thing over and over again does help kids learn, so wonky spellings or odd grammar patterns can distract from that. In take a peek with Peek-a-Bear, the sentences are not capitalized (although Peek-a-Bear is, which comes across a bit odd). It’s a small annoyance, but one worth mentioning for parents who look for that sort of thing.

take a peek with Peek-a-Bear is an interactive book featuring colorful illustrations and mechanics that get young kids involved in the book.  Though the choice not to capitalize sentences was a bit of an annoyance for me, overall it was well written book that should be well received by very young children, making it a great choice for family reading time.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)