Book review by Mary LeCompte, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 2+

Sweet, heartwarming picture-book classic.

Parents say

age 3+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 3+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 4+

Gentle and cute

While there's absolutely nothing objectionable or questionable about this story, it's too verbose to be great for a 2-year old, I think. I own this book and read it to my nearly-two year old, but I've shortened the story a bit (kind of summarizing the pictures), and adding sound effects (the lamp goes CRASH!) which keep him engaged in the story. I also think that some of the concepts are better for a slightly older preschooler as I don't think a 2-yr old will grasp that when the bear claims something (like saying that the e store is "a palace"), that he is mistaken. For a 4 year old, who is much more familiar with both stores and palaces (from Disney movies?), the humor is more readily apparent. Other than that, however, the book is sweet and cute and a nice prelude to the Toy Story ideas where toys have thoughts and feelings too.

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age 2+


A sweet story, but not really upbeat.

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Educational value

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