"Great first book to read to your students. There are only a few lines of language, and it is all repetitive so your students can pick out the differences. The pictures are so engaging and have more going on than you might think."
"Teaches a few animals and the colors in a rhythmic prose that will have your students reciting it aloud with you. They love to anticipate the next animal, and can be done with simple actions to go along with the story."
"Very simple book that has children learning the name of a few animals. My students start getting excited about which animals they are willing to send back to the zoo, however everyone is willing to send back the poor snake."
"At first I wasn't a fan, but allowing the children to yell out the words and phrases they do know changed that. There isn't a lot of language, but there are multiple shots of the the words used to reaffirm the kids concepts of the language."
"Allows the teacher to explain there are various terms for the same idea (a hog is central to the story, so explaining a hog and a pig are the same thing) as well as a great way to introduce the word "but.""
"My kids love learning the names of animals and foods. Lots of books teach about animals, but this one has tons of fruits and vegetables. It also allows you to introduce beginning sounds - "P is for pineapple, papaya, potatoes" - in a simple fun way."
"A bit more complicated but you can focus on different pieces each time. You can focus on the verbs, or the locations the trash man goes, or full and empty, or questions. An animated version is available on the 100 Storybook classics DVD."
"After teaching the days of the week this was a great way to reinforce it. It is very simple and repetitive, yet it will help with the concept everywhere and help expand some vocabulary. I'd never taught them the word toilet before, but now they know after Cookie the cat falls in one and gets water everywhere."
"Adds new vocabulary, but is really great for connecting to something concrete. I brought in hot sauce and chocolate sauce and had the children try them (also coffee and cookies). Kids adore this book."
"Very simple book, but interesting enough to use for a little more advanced students, too. After reading it once or twice I began to tell them what was on the next pages without showing them the page to get them to actually listen and visualize my language."