This unique little book takes on the topic of safety and gives children choices within the story that give it a "choose-your-own-adventure" quality. It is an educational title with a really appealing way of giving children control over how the story progresses. At the beginning of the story, Loris and her brother are playing catch, but when the ball rolls into the street, Loris needs to 'choose' someone to ask for help, either a neighbor, her brother or her dad.
All three 'choices' change the story for three pages and then all three return the reader to the same point to finish the story. The three choices are all 'good' solutions to the problem of retrieving the lost ball across the street, reinforcing multiple solutions that are all safe. While a part of me wanted at least one of the choices to demonstrate a less good option, I appreciated the reinforcement about crossing the street safely and the focus on positive examples. The book also does a wonderful job emphasizing that older kids need to set an example for their younger siblings.
This book has easy page turning, is well written and beautifully illustrated. It does not, however, have any other options or settings, nor is it narrated. I really enjoyed sharing this book with my child, but can also imagine times when it would be nice to have optional narration. I followed up the story by talking with my child about safety around busy streets and who he could ask for help if something like this happened to him. It was a wonderful conversation starter.
And I also learned about the animal family that "Loris" and her brother and father come from ... they are actually 'lorises'! According to Wikipedia, "loris" is the common name for the slender loris, a type of primate found in tropical and woodland forests of India, Sri Lanka, and southeast Asia. Maybe the developer could add a little "Loris Fact Page" in a future update. What a truly unique little ebook!
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Douglas Campbell/Stephen Edwardson
6 - 10 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
Loris and her brother Lincoln are playing in their front yard at the beginning of this story. Lincoln, the big brother, notices that Loris likes to copy whatever he does. When he throws the ball to her, though, she is unable to catch it and it rolls into the street just as a car is coming. Loris begins to chase the ball and doesn't stop even after her brother and father yell for her to "Stop!" Lincoln catches her at the edge of the street, just in time, but the ball gets run over.
The story allows for three possible choices at this point in the story:
1. Ask Dad for help
2. Ask friendly neighbor Mrs. Seal for help
3. Ask big brother Lincoln for help
Choose any one of the three good choices above and the story has a slightly different course for the next three pages. If the child chooses #1, then Dad takes both kids across the street to get the ball after looking both ways. If the child chooses #2, then Loris calls out to Mrs. Seal and the neighbor throws the ball back across the street & Loris remembers to say, "Thank you." If the child chooses #3, then her older brother Lincoln, demonstrates how to cross the street safely and retrieves the ball.
Then the dad fixes the ball saying, "It's easier to fix a ball than a Loris."
The story ends with Lincoln saying to Loris, "I can stay out of the street." And of course she then copies him and says, "I can stay out of the street too." The siblings then hug.
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