HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: How Do You Make a Bubble?
Authors: Barbara Brenner, William H. Hooks, and Joanne F. Oppenheim
Illustrator: Doug Cushman
Publisher: Bantam Books for Young Readers, 1992
ISBN-13: 978-0553078879 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0553078879 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0553354874 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0553354876 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Age 3 and up
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Brenner, Barbara; Hooks, William H.; and Oppenheim, Joanne F. How Do You Make a Bubble? (published in 1992 by Bantam Books for Young Readers). What are bubbles, and where do they come from? These are questions that puzzle kids’ (and some adults’) minds. In this Bank Street Ready-to-Read, Level 1, early reader, a boisterous group of dogs enjoys a fun-filled frolic at the summer carnival as they learn how to make bubbles, toss a ball, and other delightful pastimes. A series of simple questions is posed, and then answers are given to them in equally simple terms
“How do you make a bubble? You blow it….How do you make a kite? You fly it….And how do you fix a wrong? You right it.” Children just learning how to read will enjoy the text’s basic vocabulary as well as the use of repetition and rhyme. The book also will allow students to practice reading questions with the correct inflection and introduce them to many verbs in the answers, such as bake, write, flip, sip, etc. Three of Bank Street’s most popular authors provide a rollicking read-aloud romp, while Cushman’s illustrations are cute and colorful. Our older son Mark liked it when he was a beginning reader.