Rhyming Dust Bunnies: Book Review

Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan ThomasThe dust bunnies learn that not all books rhyme in this fun book about words.

Title: Rhyming Dust Bunnies
Author: Jan Thomas
Illustrator: Jan Thomas
ISBN:9781416979760          Language: English

Classification: Fiction
Themes: rhyming

What’s it about?
Four dust bunnies have a conversation about words that rhyme and point out when Bob chooses words that don’t.

Embrace
It’s fun and colourful. The text is large and very easy to read. This book is the first in a series.

Beware
Nothing really.

Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan ThomasMy Thoughts
I originally purchased Rhyming Dust Bunnies on the recommendation of another teacher but I never got around to using it as I changed grade level. I came across it again as I was sorting through my book shelves trying to find age appropriate ones for my children.

Both my kids seemed drawn to Bob. Bob, who has a lot of trouble working out the whole rhyming business but who has other strengths – such as noticing things that are happening around him.

I do like how this book is written as a conversation with the speech bubbles. In the classroom you could easily have 4 students take on the roles of each of the main characters to retell the story either using the same words in each example or extend this by having a random word chosen from a box that 3 need to rhyme with and have the fourth child deliberately not rhyme it.

At home my children, being adoring Bob, like the ending. We’ve talked a lot about letters and the sounds they make already so this book with simple rhyming words has given them the opportunity to begin recognising each sound independently and then blending the sounds together to make the words.

A fun and engaging book for children from 3-8 years.

What do you think?