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Birthday Rules
ISBN: 9780761360711
Author: Friedman, Laurie B./ Murfin, Teresa (ILT)
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Published: March 2015
Retail: $16.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: Percy Isaac Gifford shares birthday advice, from circling the day on the calendar to making wishes when blowing out birthday cake candles, reminding the reader that "growing is good."
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Birthdays
Library of Congress Subjects:
Stories in rhyme.
Birthdays; Fiction.
Growth; Fiction.
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2014011651
Lexile Measure: 300
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Target Grade: 1-2
Grade level: 1-2
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 10.00" W
Bargain Category: Picture Books, Holiday/Seasonal, Growing Up, Early Elementary
Grade level(s): Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring)
In occasionally uneven verses, self-proclaimed expert Percy (from Back-to-School Rules and Thanksgiving Rules) offers rules for enjoying birthdays. Most aren't surprising, but he does provide a useful message about getting older: "Discover life's possibilities! / Have fun, try something new." The jaunty illustrations feature plenty of eye-catching patterns, including lined notebook and graph papers--fitting with the "rules" theme.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 February)

PreS-Gr 1—Who knew that birthdays could be so complicated? Young Percy Isaac Gifford, introduced in Thanksgiving Rules (Carolrhoda, 2009) is back and celebrating his day by providing some detailed instructions for other kids who might follow in his birthday shoes. Tips for a birthday bash include "Shake and shimmy. Hop and roll and skip. Twirl and tap and tango. Leap and bounce and flip!" Official birthday rules like "Rule #7: It ain't over till there's singing" can be found interwoven throughout the narrative. The text is fun and lyrical, but the rhythm is often forced and inconsistent. The full-bleed mixed-media illustrations are engaging and draw readers along through use of vibrant colors and eye-popping texture. The typeface adds a celebratory feel but fluctuates in size, color, and font so often that it can feel extremely busy when mixed with collage artwork. VERDICT A nice choice for a birthday gift or a special read for birthdays in classrooms or daycares.—Megan Egbert, Meridian Library District, ID

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