My children love to run to the mailbox and get the mail everyday, but one day last week my daughter actually received a package with her name on it. I asked her to read the name on the package and she just couldn’t believe she got mail. She started to scream and say, “Mommy! What is it!” She started to tear it open and then I heard scream, “Aaaah!! Mommy it’s a book!” It was music to my ears.
Bailee was sent this adorable book by Gary Gautier titled , Spaghetti and Peas. Here’s a short video about what she had to say about the book and below I write about what I liked about it from a parents point of view.
About the book: Where can those baby snakes be? Rachael must help a mother snake find those slippery slithers before the cat does. While her daddy is busy cooking up an overflowing batch of spaghetti and peas, Rachael escapes into the backyard for fun and adventure. What she finds is a grand old mystery when she meets and befriends a mother snake who needs help finding her missing babies. Told in light-hearted and rollicking rhyme and paired with sunny, colorful illustrations, Spaghetti and Peas is bound to please!
My daughter in currently in kindergarten and can read all her site words, sounds out many more words and is actually a pretty good reader for her age. I am so impressed by her. With this book, she was able to recognize all her familiar words, learn new words and ask me for the words she needed help with. I wouldn’t say this book was hard at all. It may not be written for a 6-year-old to read on her own but she can definitely eventually get there and still understand and learn from this story.
After each page, I asked my daughter what was going on in the book to make sure she was actually paying attention to the story as much as she was involved in reading the story. I loved that the book was so well illustrated. The pictures are awesome in addition to the beautiful colors. It kept my daughters attention and she looked at the pictures many times to see if what she read and saw actually matched.
The book actually talked about snakes! Yikes! These were the good snakes of course! So when the snakes kisses the little girls cheeks we were ok with it. I like that the book also explained that all snakes are NOT good, so children won’t go out and try to pick up a garden snake!
This book is not a quick read, it’s a 32 page book! This is a hot chocolate-climb-up-in-your-bed-snuggle-and-read type of book! A book that my daughter actually wants to read again and again. The words she can’t pronounce, she wants to get better so eventually she can do it all by herself.
You can currently order this book on Amazon.com for $11.86 (New) and around $3.00 (Used)
- Age Range: 9 and up
- Grade Level: 4 and up
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: All About Kids Pub (November 2001)