Book review: Mouse Loves Spring, by Lauren Thompson

Thompson, Lauren. Mouse Loves Spring. Illustrated by Buket Erdogan. (Ready to Read series). Simon Spotlight, 2018. $16.99. ISBN 9781534401853. Ages 2-5. P6 Q7

This Ready-to-Read book is designed for readers at the pre-level one reading level.  It was previously published, in 2005, as Mouse’s First Spring. We follow Mouse and Momma through their Springy environment as they identify various creatures. The type is quite large and easy to read. There is use of repetition in both vocabulary and sentence structure. The inclusion of several different punctuation marks is appreciated, as is the use of uncommon words. Particular words are put in bold lettering, maybe to encourage emphasis while reading aloud. Erdogan’s illustrations are friendly and don’t distract from the text.

Verdict: This is a successful beginning book for early readers. It checks all the boxes and is recommended for public libraries, Kindergarten, and Pre-K classrooms.

April 2018 review by Lillian Curanzy.

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