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Useful book packed with several lessons all in rhyme to prepare your child with helpful tips to keep them safe. Name, address, phone number are reinforced with a worksheet for them to fill out. All aspects of life are touched from tying shoes to brushing teeth, how to handle a bully, who to call in an emergency and even what to do in a fire. I especially thought the helpful advice of what do do if you are separated from your parents wonderful. Jones suggest the child look for another mommy with children as being the safest way to get help. This is a great book to address all the things we constantly reinforce, the cute rhymes make it easy to remember.
Just watched the cutest trailer about this book on YouTube and went straight here to order it. I am excited, as my 2 little ones 19 month and 3 1/2 memorize everything that rhymes. Can't wait to try it out. Further review will follow, once I have it. So far 5 stars for the great trailer and the wonderful concept of this book!
As a former children's librarian that continues to have a heartfelt interest in children's literature, I was interested in the availability of a book with advertised content with the subtitle description of "Children's Safety - One Rhyme at a Time". Also, I've never met anyone (child to adult) who doesn't spontaneously respond in a very positive way and with excellent recognition to animal associations (i.e. commercials with The Aflac Duck character, Taco Bell's Chihuahua, GEICO's Gecko and the GEICO Hump Day Camel, etc.). With this anticipated delight, I greeted the Safety Goose as created by author/illustrator Yvonne Jones to read the book and review. I recommend the book and/or would consider it for purchase as a gift but I also offer some thoughts which would have turned by “I like it” to “I love it”.
As per marketing on the back cover, the book is recommended for ages 3-6. I love the bright and colorful cartoon illustrations beginning with the front cover. The double O's in the word Goose are illustrated using the easily recognizable and universal red and white life preserver symbol (or as known by other names: lifebuoy, ring buoy, lifering, lifesaver, life donut). The smart use of this symbol also helps the child to identify that the content of this book will contain safety. The Safety Goose is cute and welcoming and with spread wings seems to invite the reader to step inside and join the fun. However, I was disappointed that the Safety Goose does not appear with each rhyme. The Safety Goose appears again on the Table of Contents page (which is generally not a page on which a child will linger) but only appears once more with the "Brushing My Teeth" rhyme. Particularly as the author/illustrator identified herself as a military spouse with military family which suggests diversity and global awareness, I expected more diversity in the presentation of the illustrations of the children.
The book opens with a “Note to Parents” by the author/illustrator and includes 19 rhymes on various safety topics each on a two-page spread with yellow background. Some examples of the 19 safety topics covered are provided in the book marketing description. Other safety topics include: The Number for All Emergencies (911); My Trusted List; Stop, Drop, Roll; Fire; Before I Cross a Street; If There’s a Bully; Say “No” to Strangers; When Lost, Where Do I Go? Some of the 19 rhymes are on topics that all parents and/or teachers help young children to learn include: My Birthday; Left & Right; My Clean-Up; Brushing My Teeth; My Week (Days of the Week); The 12 Months of the Year; All 4 Seasons; Tying My Shoes; Please and Thank You. Some of the vocabulary of the rhymes is not part of a child’s everyday vocabulary at ages 3 to 6 (i.e. slumber, crosswalk) but vocabulary that can easily be explained during the sharing and learning of the rhymes.
After the rhyming pages, there is a page to provide author background, other titles by this author and a thank you from the author for reading the book and a welcome to leave a review on Amazon. This is followed by 5 pages available as cut-out pages with each rhyme on a single page that are suggested to be attached to visible locations (i.e. bathroom mirror, refrigerator, near the phone, near the front door, etc.) for ease of repetitious practice each day. Please note that the cut-out pages must be cut by an adult as the pages are not perforated. As the cut-out pages are on a white background with black font and a single illustration in multi-colors at the bottom of each rhyme, the pages could be easily reproduced on a color printer for daycare and pre-school use. I would have liked to have seen all 19 rhymes be available in an easy method cut-out and the incorporation of the Safety Goose on each cut-out. Currently, the Safety Goose is not on any of the cut-out pages and after the 5 cut-outs are removed from the book, there is no way to identify that the 5 cut-outs were removed from the “Safety Goose” book.
I was lucky enough to receive a pre-publication copy of this title as part of the Goodreads First Reads Program. This is the first pre-publication copy that I have received that was signed by the author and that was an extra delight since I will be sharing this book as a gift.
Relevant. Practical. Easily integrated into everyday routines and activities. I love how Jones takes common nursery rhyme tunes and pairs them with the crucial information to empower our children to be aware and be safe. The added cutouts at the end are brilliant. This book removes the overwhelm for both the child as well as the one teaching the information. I highly recommend this book!
This book should get 6 instead of 5 stars. 1: For the funny and lovely paintings. 2 : for the great idea to put important information into rhymes and melodies so thats it is fun to read and sing together 3: for that you can actually learn something in a easy way in an early age - my two year old just loves the book 4: for the great cut out ideas-we hung the songs in our flat and in the car so that we can remember singing and practicing them 5: the good quality of the book and usefull hints of the author in the beginning 6: for the idea to personalize the songs- e.g. the trusted list. My son is growing up bilingual and its great to finally have a book with catchy songs that are easy to learn and to remember, its a perfect way to learn the language and practice important information. I wish more books are going to follow like this by the Author Yvonne Jones!!
As a musician, I know the power of music. And rhyme is music! Music and rhyme uses all of the brain so things learned with these tools are remembered, even during times of stress. Children love rhymes and music and remember what they learn this way. I am thinking especially how great an asset this little book will be for special needs children and adults to learn their address and phone numbers. Many parents of special needs children and adults have such a challenge to keep their loved ones safe. This book should be available at learning centers and day programs. Hmmm, I wonder if it might even work for Alzheimer and dementia seniors! Judy Phillips
Teaching phone numbers and addresses to kids can be a tedious and difficult task. Most kids simply lack the ability to memorize more than a few words. This book offers a fantastic solution by offering customizable songs and rhymes to help kids learn important personal information. It also has several other songs / rhymes set to well know tunes to teach kids about other aspects of safety including fire safety and stranger safety. This a great addition to any child's library.
What a great book! My kindergarten students instantly loved it. They really enjoyed singing the songs while at the same time learning important information (address/phone number...which is on the kindergarten grade card by the way). I definitely plan on using this book a lot in my classroom next school year :)
What a great idea to use tunes of familiar nursery rhymes to learn such important information! My 3 year old loves to sing songs with me, and he loves this book! Just after going through the songs a few times, he has already started learning so much! The pictures to go along with the words are also adorable, and my son likes to look at the pictures too. Such a talented author - look forward to seeing more of her work!