- Book Style: Moral based storybook for children
- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Fun, vibrant, cute
May I Play With You? is a moral-based storybook for toddlers and children. Our little protagonist, a baby black sheep, finds herself with no one to play with. She struggles to find someone to play with, as all of the animals around her farm are already playing and having fun. They turn her away, but in the end, the little sheep ends up with lots of friends to play with. There are a few lessons your little one will learn through this story, as it is heavily moral based. The story really focuses on social skills, friendship, and the diversity of everyone.
Speaking of those morals/lessons, they’re my favourite part of this book. Our author, Galina Dovich, ensures that your child will take away something from this story. I know my little guy immediately identified with the baby sheep when the other animals wouldn’t play with her. He felt how she felt, and in turn was happy when the all the animals returned to play together at the end of the book.
The book has been created for young children who are just learning to read. Each page doesn’t have a great deal of text to read and generally the vocabulary isn’t all that difficult. Galina really made this an accessible book for just about anyone. What’s more, I found my toddler was able to match up the illustrations with what the words were supposed to be. This meant he could read the book through the pictures if he couldn’t read all the words. This is great for children just starting to read, as you can leave them alone with the book and you won’t find them screaming two minutes later!
What, your kid doesn’t scream?
Anyways, speaking of the illustrations…. they’re just plain fun and I think every character in the book was built for maximum cuteness. Our illustrator (named Nethart) definitely knows that cute pictures help with the retention of information in children. Nethart employs this tactic extremely well and you child will benefit.
If I had any constructive criticism for the book, it would simply be that a few pages could be combined without sacrificing the goals or the morals of the story. That’s not much of a comment even, as that’s a stylistic choice and not a detrimental part of the book.
In the end, this is a great little book at a great little price. The paperback version is $11.49 USD, but it’s amazing what you can get the ebook for ($1.99) In any case, if you’re looking for a cute storybook with a strong moral connection, go no further. Click below to buy the book:
Until next time, Smash, Crash, and Learn!