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As a parent, I want my boys to be safe. Unless you live way out in the country and never venture into town with the kids, there is a definite need for teaching how to walk on the sidewalk and how to cross the street. Thanks to the opportunity to review Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again from Greene Bark Press, I am doing just that ~ Teaching Road Safety to Preschoolers!
Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again tells the story of young Wally Waddlewater. He’s made his grandmother a birthday card and he wants to mail it to her by putting it in a mailbox. During his quest, Wally learns about how to safely cross the busy streets of his town along with all the potential dangers he may face. This book is engaging and fun so that your child might not even realize it is teaching road safety to preschoolers in the process.
As a parent, I loved that the book didn’t have Wally’s mother just telling him how to do something and letting him become injured when things go wrong. While I might take that approach in some aspects of learning (like letting a toddler fall of the sofa onto a carpeted floor when learning to climb), I definitely do NOT mess around with our approach to safety around motor vehicles. Up here in Alaska, we also have to include moose as they are sometimes found walking along the road, too.
J absolutely adores this book and was very animated when sharing about it with his father. He can be rather independent and often tells me he’s a big boy and can do things on his own. This has made walking through parking lots an interesting proposition. During a recent shopping trip, he ignored instructions and left his big brother’s side near the storefront to run across the parking lot towards me. After reading this book, we talked about how that behavior was not acceptable and how he could have been injured as a parking lot is just like a giant road.
This is a title in our current rotation of favorites. I am quite hopeful that beyond enjoying the story J will fully internalize the message so that we can make more headway on the topic of safety in the community.
Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again is published by Greene Bark Press, Inc. This board book (so quite durable) is available for $8.50 plus shipping. On the Greene Bark Press site, you will find other books as well as toys, games, puzzles and other products that are educational and encourage a love of reading in children.
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