4 out of 4 stars
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Crabbie, by Jenny Anne, is a picture book about Crabbie, a baby crab. Crabbie lives in the sea with his family. One day, he goes playing under a rock, and before he knows it, the tide goes out. He finds himself on the wet sand, close to some children playing. Will he be trampled? Will he be saved?
This children's narrative is fascinating and enlightening. Being a short story, it consists of valuable lessons. In an interesting manner, it explores the themes of obedience, kindness, and love. Containing short sentences, it's simple and easy to read. Including rhyming words, it'll teach children critical verbal skills, such as repetition and rhythm. Moreover, it'll be fun for early readers when it's read aloud to them by adults.
The text on each page is concise, and a beautiful picture is attached to it. The illustrations are clear and colorful. Frankly, what I like most about the book is the way all the sentences are depicted in the pictures. This feature will enable kids to relate easily to the story. Besides, it brings the characters alive. I enjoyed reading the tale, and I'm sure kids will love it too.
Children have a tendency to wander away from home because they are adventurous. This story unveils the disadvantages of straying. It'll educate kids to take their parents' advice and stay close to home. It supports the act of kindness towards our fellow beings and animals. Furthermore, it'll help develop reading skills. The text font is bold and slightly larger. Included are sight words, such as ran, wet, tide, big, along and so on.
The author capitalized some words in the middle of the sentences for emphasis, but I think that is not proper for beginning readers. It'll teach them poor grammar skills since only five percent of what people write is in capital letters. For example, "Some children came Along happily playing On the wet sand" and "Crabbie felt frightened, And lonely, he wanted His Mummy and Daddy." Those are extracts from the text. A couple of the illustrations show a little girl upside down. It got me confused for a few seconds, it may also confuse some young children.
Overall, this picture book is interesting and educational. It's appealing and engaging. I didn't see any grammatical or typographical errors. Therefore, I rate it 4 out of 4 stars and recommend it to children aged between 4 and 7 years.
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