PLEASE PLAY SAFE! by Margery Cuyler

PLEASE PLAY SAFE!

Penguin’s Guide to Playground Safety
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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Penguin’s second outing is all about playground safety, with a healthy dose of good manners and respect thrown in for good measure. From taking turns on equipment and sharing toys, to getting friends to play games and cleaning up when it’s time to go home, Cuyler covers all the bases. Hillenbrand masterfully portrays facial expressions on his simple cartoon animals, making it clear to even the youngest of readers what the friends are feeling when the playground rules are broken. So expressive are his characters that the text does not spell out why the rule needs to be followed—youngsters can see the panic on Hippo’s face when she is sliding down the slide and Bear starts to crawl up, for instance. Penguin’s fans will be happy to learn that the author/illustrator team has kept the same format: A blatant wrongdoing is followed by the question, “Is that right?” A turn of the page, and likely a chorus from listeners, reveals, “No, that’s wrong,” while the text and illustrations demonstrate how to do things the right way. Required reading for parents and children alike. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-439-52832-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2006




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