2 out of 4 stars
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Sigfried has a book filled with strange smells. Each page went through its own ordeal either at the hands of Sigfried or his family members. Messy foods, smelly socks and a naughty little sister all contributed to a collection of awful smelling pages.
I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars. This is a book that would mostly appeal to children who started reading their first simplified book. But as a children’s book its content should consist of things that are relative and understandable to them. Words like “kraut” isn’t something every child knows, nor understands. Depending on where the book gets published, “lard” is also something that doesn’t really go beyond North America and Europe, and at such a young age it’s highly unlikely that a child would even call pig fat ‘lard’. They would simply call it fat. The text font is hard to read, especially if your child learned to write and is now trying to refine those skills. A wobbly font like this is quite similar to their own handwriting but, as a parent, you’re trying to teach them to write neatly and eligible, and this book doesn’t help towards that cause.
The creative use of realistic images mixed with a simplified drawing style makes this book perfect for the youngsters. The children reading books like this would most likely still be developing their motor control, so these drawings looks like something drawn by children for children. Colourful socks that are named, and even the text colour changed to that specific colour, helps children draw a connection to which sock is in question.
The creative approach of the drawing style, combined with the realistic images really stands out and therefor I will not give this book 1 star. But the use of words that are not relative or known to this book’s target audience causes me to not rate this book higher than 2 stars.
Children should always be able to learn something from books, whether they learn new information in the book, or simply earn from the character’s mistakes. In Sigfried’s Smelly Socks it constantly shows the disregard for the value and importance of books. Even though Sigfried tries to wash, it’s still not done right. Parents should read this with their children and point out Sigfried’s mistakes so that children can learn from it, other than that, this book does not teach their young minds anything.
Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!
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