________________ CM . . . . Volume XVI Number 22 . . . . February 12, 2010

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Dad's Cake. (Tadpoles).

Margaret Nash. Illustrated by Jane Cope.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2010.
24 pp., pbk. & hc., $7.95 (pbk.), $18.36 (hc.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-3896-1 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-3865-7 (hc.).

Subject Headings:
Readers (Primary).
Readers-Cake.
Readers-Fathers and sons.

Kindergarten-grade 2 / Ages 5-7.

Review by Tristin Burrows.

**** /4

   
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The Sad Princess. (Tadpoles).

Lynne Benton. Illustrated by Andy Catling.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2010.
24 pp., pbk. & hc., $7.95 (pbk.), $18.36 (hc.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-3903-6 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-3872-5 (hc.).

Subject Headings:
Readers (Primary).
Readers-Princesses.
Readers-Sadness.

Kindergarten-grade 2 / Ages 5-7.

Review by Tristin Burrows.

**** /4

Dad's Cake and The Sad Princess are two books in the "Tadpoles" series of readers that are intended for beginner readers. In Dad's Cake, Jed and his dad decide to make a strange cake full of wacky ingredients. Jed wonders who would want to eat this cake.

Dad gave Jed a bowl and a very big spoon, then……scraps of fat and lumps of cheese. "Yuck!" said Jed. "Who will want this cake?"

      Dad's Cake is a fun text that will delight early readers with its silly cake ingredients. Readers will enjoy guessing along with Jed about who will receive this cake! Illustrations are colourful and entertaining.

     In The Sad Princess, the King looks for someone in his kingdom to make his sad daughter laugh. Will two silly monkeys help her smile?

The Princess was sad. "A bag of gold to anyone who can make her laugh!" said the King.


     The Sad Princess book is a great resource for discussing feelings with young children. Humorous, bright illustrations will delight readers.

     Overall, the "Tadpoles" series has many positive attributes that would appeal to parents, educators and children. The predictable, yet appealing, story lines will help beginner readers have success with new vocabulary.

     One interesting text feature of the "Tadpoles" series is a page introducing the author and illustrator to the reader with author and illustrator comments about the book the reader is about to delve into. This quality offers readers an introductory conversation about the book they are about to read.

     The combination of simple text, detailed illustrations and appealing and accessible story lines makes the "Tadpoles" series a must for classrooms and home libraries alike.

Highly Recommended.

Tristin Burrows, an elementary school teacher, loves to read and lives in Winnipeg, MB, with her dog, Bruin.

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