We recently moved to a new neighborhood and there is a family with kids that like to play with ours kids just down the street so we have been really working on street safety with our youngest, our almost 4 year old. The chance to review Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again by Ginger Pate was a timely offer and I was excited to give it a try.
Looking left, right, left is something that we have always taught our children and had worked on that with our son some. I loved that book reinforced the importance of the left, right, left protocol we had enforced. The whole family enjoyed the book.
The book Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again by Ginger Pate was and International Book Awards Finalist and is published by Greene Bark Press, Inc. The book is a hard, board book that is very colorful and fun. My son LOVED it and wanted it read to him again right after the first time. He has also brought it to me, my husband, and my daughter independently on several occasions to have it read to him again – a sure sign in our house that a book is a hit. I have even caught my 8-year old daughter reading the book on her own on several occasions.
The book is about Wally Waddlewater who wants to send a birthday card to his grandmother and needs to cross a busy street to get to the mailbox. He wants to cross the street himself so his mother teaches him how to cross the street properly and then practices with him many times before she allows him to do it by himself.
There are many other things that happen in the story that would be common things that might happen for a child. For instance, Wally stops his friend from crossing and his ball goes into the street and rolls under a school bus. Wally hears a fire truck but doesn’t see it and wait to see the fire truck before crossing. The book points out waiting for the stop light to turn from red to green. Wally learns about the red blinking, warning lights on a railroad crossing gate and what that means. The book even addresses when there is something or someone blocking your view of looking left and right and waiting for the obstruction to move before looking left, right, left and deciding to cross.
The story is written poetically so the lines rhyme which makes the book fun to read and fun for the kids to read. I’ve heard my son recite lines from the book on several occasions rhyming.
Make sure the cars are out of sight.
Look Left Again
Overall we really enjoyed the book and I think it is a great book and I’m glad the kids had the opportunity to read it. I think it’s an excellent book for any child to read about learning to cross the street safely.
Check out Greene Bark Press, Inc. on their website and see the Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again book and their other products. You can purchase Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again, written for ages 3-8, for $8.50 through the Greene Bark Press website.
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