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Read It, Don't Eat It! Hardcover – April 28, 2009

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This relaxed and rhyming recitation of rules can make library orientations for young patrons less daunting and more fun. Fifteen points of etiquette, applicable to any kind of library, are introduced and then demonstrated by anthropomorphized animals, rendered in acrylic paint and ink. This should definitely help little ones remember to “Read it, don’t eat it. / No dog-ears, please. / Find someplace else to sneeze. / Borrow, don’t steal. / TRY not to squeal. / Rips and tears won’t magically heal.” But the story is not all about  “don’ts.” Everyone is enthusiastically encouraged to enjoy books and to “share with a friend / a sister, a brother.” The page backgrounds alternate between solid bold colors and bright open white space, which will show well when held up in front of a large group. Pair this with Carrie Finn’s Manners in the Library (2007) and Pat Miller’s We’re Going on a Book Hunt (2008). Preschool-Grade 1. --Andrew Medlar

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“A picture book sure to make every librarian’s heart sing…[it] is simple enough to use with preschool children and funny enough to be appreciated by early readers.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

“Ideal for preschool storytimes; librarians will love it.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Simple, direct and knowingly funny, this book is worthy of a permanent spot on the desks of youth librarians everywhere.” (Publishers Weekly)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 270L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061724556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061724558
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a librarian I was excited to find another way to share book care with the Kindergarten students. Unfortunately, this book is not the way. "Try not to squeal" is book care? I encourage the kids to squeal over books. The book tells you that if you spill ice cream on the book, erase it. (?) I teach the kids NO food or drinks around books. "Don't censor, delete or deface." I'm all for vocabulary , but this isn't the place. "Be careful with it in the pool." NONONO! Who would advise kids to take a library book anywhere near a pool?? Author should have consulted a real librarian.
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Books are very special things and we must take good care of them, especially if we borrow them from a library. The little brown bear is taking a little whiff of the page edges, "Read it, don't eat it." Oops, he's taking a little nibble at the corner. A little dog is in the middle of a book and doesn't have a bookmark. Hmmm, I bet you know what he is going to do! The big elephant with the red cheeks is going to sneeze right in the pages of the book. Achooo! "Find someplace else to sneeze." Really now, isn't that what tissues are for?

There are all kinds of things that people and critters should refrain from doing when they borrow a library book. In this book we'll meet a raccoon, a little piggy, a bunny, a bear, a monkey, a fox cub, a hippo, a beaver, a chipmunk and some kittens. There is something you can do with a library book and that is to "share with a friend, a sister or brother." Can you think of other things to do or not to do with a book?

This is an adorable book about "book manners" and how children should take care of not only library books, but their own. The theme was lively and fun without coming across as preachy. The art work was vibrant and the animal critters were very appealing. The left-hand side of the page was a solid color with the message in large, bold print. This is a perfect book to read aloud and discuss at circle time or in the homeschool or classroom setting. Remember, "read it, don't eat it!"
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Do you have a child who has an eating issue with books? And I'm not talking babies with board books, but slightly older children who are learning how to take care of their books (toys, clothes, etc.).

This is an extremely short, fun book that features adorable animals in clothes telling you how to treat your books. As a librarian, I find it delightful and it should be a staple to begin storytimes with from now on. There, I said it!

Honestly, that's the gist of the book. My favorite spread is when it says, "No dog-ears, please" in reference to the book, and the picture opposite is of a surprised looking dog getting caught folding down the top corner of his book. Excellent!

Notes on the Cover:
A large elephant looking to digest a stack of 7 books, a young bear with a look of shock, and a little kitten happily reading away. Of course the cat would be the one behaving throughout the book. (Now that I think about it, that's pretty funny! For those of you not in the know, librarians are generally a bunch of cat people - and that is not to say they don't like or own dogs, but by and large librarians own cats.)
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This is a wonderful book, especially for libraries. Although
it is a children's book, many adults would benefit from
reading it!
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