4 out of 4 stars
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This is NOT a story book but a lovely book which talks of routine activities of a child. This book is for young children to learn how to read. Base has used concise sentences with meaning. The language used is simple which is perfect for a child who is just being introduced to reading. This is a good transition from books with only pictures to sentences and pictures in a book. Hefke's illustrations are attractive to young children.
Toni, the Superhero, is doing the same tasks any child does every day. Terrific Toni cares for animals, plays with his friends, helps in household chores, eats his vegetables and fruits, and sleeps in his own bed. A simple sentence on a page can help you teach your child values or manners endorsed by an ever smiling superhero. It encourages a child to do different things- run, swim, dance and sing.
Although Toni, the superhero, is shown flying and in a superhero garb wearing a cape and an eye mask, the book centers on him doing everyday tasks. Every child has a superhero in him/her that reflects when they are doing their daily activities. Toni is portrayed as a smiling and happy child whether he is playing, dancing, eating or doing household tasks which encourages the little ones to do the same. The character, Toni, is relatable and endearing to children.
Each sentence is different in essence. The same sentence is not recurring in different words, so it is not too repetitive like most children's books which focus on reading (for example-Peter has the ball. The ball is with Peter). Each page focuses on something different so children don't get bored or lose interest. The illustrations are simple, orderly and colourful with an adequate amount of detailing but not too cluttered.
This book deserves 4 out of 4 stars. What might be off-putting for some is that there is no plot. As the author designed it to be a learn-to-read book and not a typical story book I feel it is ideal and meets its purpose. It has a relevant theme with a charming character. You can discuss with your children the importance of eating healthy, staying active, social behavior and helping people. The book is engaging for children up to the age of four years who are learning to read simple words. There are more books in the pipeline which my child looks forward to.
Toni the Superhero
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