Stella, Unleashed by Linda Ashman

Summary:  Stella, Unleashed was the first book we have read by Linda Ashman.  One- to two-paged poems from the perspective of the dog, Stella, make up this book.  From the picture on the cover, I expected a cutesy story appropriate for a toddler or preschooler.  I would say, though, that this book would be better understood by late-preschoolers to early elementary children.  The vocabulary stretched the understanding of my 4 year-old.  Some concepts, such as pet adoption and pet grooming, were unfamiliar to her and led to extensive conversations (which, is great!)  While a more tedious book to read than had I expected, it was fun over-all, making me want to find more books by this author in the future.

Pros: Teaching points: vocabulary, rhyming, pet-related concepts

Cons: A bit more mature than I had expected.   A bit choppy as there are different poems in each page.

☆☆☆1/2 of 5

Age Range: 4-9


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