Friday, September 3, 2021

Review: Wash Your Hands! by Margaret McNamara


Robin Hill School
Ready to Read, Level One
by Margaret McNamara
Illustrated by Mike Gordon
Simon Spotlight
32 pages
ages 4 to 8


The first-grade class at Robin Hill School learns the best way to get rid of germs in this story of the bestselling series!

Mrs. Connor's classroom learns about washing their hands and the importance of keeping germs away!



With the idea of washing hands and killing germs, this book definitely hits a current theme. But it also stretches beyond that.

The children are catching colds left and right, and they're tired of is the teacher. So, she informs them that one way to help is simply to wash the hands. So, they all march to the bathroom and do exactly that.

This book is aimed at beginning readers, who are just getting a handle on their first sentences. The text is printed in a large, easy to read font with only a short sentence or so on each page. The words aren't too difficult, but a couple do encourage readers to expand their vocabulary just a little bit. Or it does work well as a read-aloud.

The illustrations are cute and bring across a lovely atmosphere. I had to smile at how dirty the kids appear (and wondered), but it adds to the theme. Each of them is cheerful, and the teacher is encouraging and supportive. 

It's a cute read, easy to identify with, and a great way to encourage reading.

1 comment:

Heather N. Quinn said...

An important message for little ones!