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What a Hoot!
Author: Frann Preston-Gannon
Binding: Board book
Year Distributed: 2018 - 2019
Availability: Past Books
Themes/Topics: Animals, Opposites
Wide-eyed and plump, Frann's colorful little owls cavort happily through these pages—sloshing through the mud in a pair of rain boots ("This one's dirty") or nose-to-nose with a rubber ducky in a sudsy tub ("That one's clean"), they embody simple opposites that kids will immediately appreciate. A surprise ending adds to the read-aloud fun.
Age Group 18 months
What’s Happening at this Age
- Beginning to explore books on their own
- May recite familiar stories to dolls or stuffed animals
- Hearing favorite books over and over
- May finish sentences in favorite books if you pause
Your child’s memory is expanding and they may surprise you with knowing the words of some of your favorite books and songs. Finger plays can help them to remember the songs, too. This is a busy time of brain building for your little one and you may find that they want a lot of repetition with favorite songs, stories, and activities. They’re building their own ability to engage in these things independently, so when you’re exhausted and your toddler is saying “Again! Again!” know that you’re investing in their ability to enjoy learning on their own.
Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 18-month-old as well as tips and activities for you and your toddler!
Why did we select this book?
All the best books have something hidden. First, there are the hidden benefits of reading a rhyming book aloud. Rhyming words sound good together and are memorable. Don't be surprised if you and your child start to know the next line of the book before you read it. Rhyming books are memorable because rhyme makes strong connections between words. Connections like this get your child ready to read. There are other hidden surprises in this book. Did you see the snail? Play a game with your child to find the snail. The funny little gastropod is on every page! Have your child tell you what the snail is seeing or thinking.
Our little loves this book!
Our little loves this book, the rhymes, colors, and most of all the owls. She also likes to “read” it herself.