Monday, October 27, 2008
Queen Vernita's Visitors
Queen Vernita's Visitors by Dawn Menge; illustrated by Bobbi Switzer
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 36 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (April 9, 2008)
Queen Vernita rules over Oceaneer and although she loves being Queen, she misses the friends from her past. So she decides to invite 12 of her friends to visit for an entire month - one friend for each month.
This book cleverly teaches children how to count to twelve, but also teaches the months of the year, the days of the week and the four seasons.
In addition, children will learn many interesting facts about each of the months. For example: April showers bring May flowers, September is the month for apples, pumpkins are the topic for October and everything's coming up turkeys in November.
Author Dawn Menge has a Masters Degree in Special Education and 11 years experience working with the severely handicapped population. She used the experiences within her life to create Queen Vernita's characters and Kingdom.
This is a clever book that uses repetition to teach, while still stimulating the imagination. I recommend it for early readers, or for parent's looking for a good bedtime story book.