Hassett, Ann and John. Come Back, Ben. Book Review.

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This “I Like to Read” book uses simple vocabulary and repetitive text. However, it avoids the monotonous tone that some early reading books have.

Ben’s red balloon carries him up through the window, past bees, over the tree, and on until he reaches the moon. Ben fills his pocket with moon rocks in order to return to Earth. He waves goodbye to his sister as she begins her own journey with the red balloon.

The illustrations are bright, simple drawings. Oddly, Ben is a drawn, roughly cut out, and pasted character on each page. The pictures would appeal to children preschool and kindergarten age. However, the humorous tone would engage a six-year-old as well.

This would be a charming gift for a child who is just learning to read.

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Bonnie Ferrante: Books For All Ages

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