4.0 out of 5 stars beautifully illustrated, January 20, 2013
Ionia Martin "Ionia" (http://www.amazon.com/
(TOP 500 REVIEWER) (http://www.amazon.com/
This review is from: KIKI AND THE CUCKOO Competition Children's Picture Book (Fully Illustrated Version) (Kindle Edition)
Kiki and the Cuckoo is a wonderful story for children with beautiful full page illustrations. The story is long enough to make it a worthwhile bedtime story and there is bonus material at the end of the book to help your child learn even more from the story. I thought this book had a nice message for kids about friendship. I would recommend this book for children 4-8. The formatting is really wonderful.
4.0 out of 5 stars A sing-song story, December 20, 2012
E. Kennen (http://www.amazon.com/
Kiki the Meadowlark stakes a spot in a meadow and sings to attract a wife. When another meadowlark comes too near, Kiki chases him away. But then Kiki hears a cuckoo. No matter how he tries, Kiki cannot best the cuckoo in the farmhouse. Will his pride get the better of him, or will Kiki find peace with his unusual rival?
The detailed full-color illustrations make this picture book come alive. The story itself has a folkloric feel and a clear lesson. The author has added a ton of back matter, including a letter to parents and educators with questions to ask children about the book, ideas to help kids cope with competition, an extensive list of other stories with developmental themes, and extensive information about meadowlarks.
5.0 out of 5 stars For My Son, December 5, 2012
My son loved this story. He still reads it from time to time. I recommend this story to any young kid.
KIKI AND THE CUCKOO
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Fully Illustrated Version
Picture Book for reading with the younger child - ages 3-6
This version of KIKI AND THE CUCKOO includes all the luminous illustrations just waiting to enchant children of any age, and especially the read-to set.
KIKI AND THE CUCKOO will help young readers explore the positive and negative aspects of competition. It also presents the biology and behavior of the Meadowlark.
COPING WITH COMPETITION AND ANGER
A lesson in peaceful co-existence unfolds on the Kansas prairie.
When Kiki sees the green and brown Kansas meadow laid out below him like a welcome mat, he knows just what to do-claim the meadow as his own, sing a beautiful meadowlark song, and attract a lovely meadowlark wife.
What could go wrong with such a simple plan for happiness?
Kiki quickly finds out, for no sooner has he rid his field of the troublesome Pekeat than another voice intrudes upon his territory: "Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!" And this challenger won't go away!
"I'm ruined!" wails Kiki. "That bird sings in MY meadow!"
So begins Kiki's rivalry with the mechanical inhabitant of a clock-a rivalry that threatens Kiki's fondest dreams.
Kiki scolds the cuckoo. Kiki battles the cuckoo. Kiki even impersonates the cuckoo!
The story of how Kiki finally reclaims his meadow will delight children and at the same time teach a valuable lesson about competition and about the importance of choosing our contests with care.
Author Elizabeth Happy knows the meadowlarks. Every spring, she looks out the window of her Kansas home and sees the yellow flash of their returning and hears them staking claims to the meadows around her house. Her witty story of one meadowlark's ordeal is gloriously enriched by illustrator Andra Chase's vibrant watercolors, detailing the grasses, the wildflowers, and the creeping, crawling, and feathered creatures of the Kansas prairie.
A SURPRISE and added bonus is the "Enrichment Information"
A second big plus is the "Letter to Parents and Educators" which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with the young reader about the message of the story...coping with competition!
MAKING THE CASE FOR CHARACTER EDUCATION
If you are tired of bullying, teasing, youth violence, gangs, vandalism, drug abuse, sexual misconduct…
If you are tired of the crisis with our older youth…
If you want to help make a difference one tiny step at a time…
Then this is the eBook for your children ages 3-9.
Read WITH your children and grandchildren, discuss the concept and message…
and know that you are part of the movement sweeping America to bring back our important values by restoring character education in our homes and schools.
(signed) The Thoughtful Parent
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