Cooking with the Sneetches

Random. (Step into Reading). May 2024. 32p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780593706244; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780593706237.
PreS-K–Creative creatures have a beach day, Dr. Seuss style. The Sneetches begin a day at the beach by swimming, walking, and playing. Then they cook hot dogs, take a rest, and, best of all, roast marshmallows!.With simple, colorful illustrations showcasing the Sneetches, this early reader will likely engross kids in the fun of play and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows. The text is simple, featuring high frequency early sight words and basic rhyming sentences. It’s a perfect selection for introducing concepts of print to pre-readers, such as illustrating the differences between text and pictures, as well as upper- and lowercase letters. The rhyming presented also facilitates children’s grasp of early literacy skills. Overall, this story balances the delightful rhythm of a day at the beach with fun, lunch, rest, play, treats, and an evening trip home after a busy day.
VERDICT A humorous and fun-filled story, and an excellent shared reading experience likely to resonate with the youngest learners.

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