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Pouch!

Author: David Ezra Stein

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ISBN: 9780399250514

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Binding: Hardcover

Year Distributed: 2011 - 2012

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Animals

Joey the kangaroo leaves the pouch and begins to hop about the land, where he makes new discoveries and friends. It is one very eventful day, and he continues to return "home" to his Mama who waits nearby.


Age Group 24 months

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Pretending to read books
  • Finishing sentences in their favorite books
  • Scribbling on paper
  • Knowing names of books and identifying them by the picture on the cover
  • Turning pages right to left
  • Making connections between pictures and real life, like noticing their own shoes when they see a picture of shoes.

A whole lot of learning goes into how your toddler is interacting with books now! You’ve been reading to them for two years and now they know how to hold the book so their stuffed animals can see the pictures when your toddler “reads” to them. Your child may even be pointing out interesting things on the page and asking questions just like you do when you read to them. They likely have a favorite book that they want you to read, and that they may even pretend to read to you. This may not seem important as they’re “just pretending” but they’re doing all the things a skilled reader does without actually reading the text. This pretending is an important part of becoming a reader. When they “read” to you, it’s your turn to say, “Again! Again!” and know that you’re building a reader!

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 2-year-old as well as tips and activities for you and your toddler!

Why did we select this book?

We liked how Joey had both a need to explore and a need to feel safe in Mama's pouch when the new experiences became too much. This may be very much like your two-year-old, who may be exhausting you with all his adventures, but still needing to be held and comforted.


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