4 out of 4 stars
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Professor Crawly Lesson 9 Charlie the Centipede’s Communal Cave is the ninth in a series of children’s books by Gary Chase. This is a book geared towards young children between the pre-school and early elementary years. It features a centipede named Charlie who lives in Centipedeville.
The citizens of Centipedeville have problems with shoe shortages. They are supposed to share the shoes they have, but one greedy centipede named Sleezy always takes more than his fair share. The story contrasts Charlie’s generous attitudes with Sleezy’s selfish ones and shows that Charlie’s way is the better way. Charlie the Centipede is a fun, positive protagonist and Centipedeville is a nice place to live despite their chronic shoe shortages because most of the citizens are kind and cooperative.
I give this book four out of four stars. The story was professionally edited. There are no errors in the text. The simple tale was told in a fun rhyming style. There was a strong contrast between the text and the background colors, making the text easy to read. The pictures are fun and colorful, and children are sure to enjoy them.
There was nothing that I disliked about this story. The author’s goals are twofold: to teach young children to not be afraid of insects and to impart positive lessons about being a helpful member of one’s community. The author succeeds in both goals.
I recommend this brief book for early readers who can enjoy having the story read to them and can also learn to read the words themselves. It is commendable to teach kids to respect insects and show that insects have a place in the world rather than simply being pests that must be killed immediately. This story can be used as a segue into further science lessons about the animal world as well as reinforcing the idea that cooperation and generosity are attitudes that benefit the entire community.
Professor Crawly Lesson 9
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