I think the 'professional' reviewers did a fine job of summarizing the plot so I won't comment on that, other than to say that this is an excellent opportunity to discuss with preschoolers and kindergarteners the various concepts involved in the word 'inside'. [Inside a box; inside of a state; inside of a country.]
The artwork is colorful and appealing, the children seem personable enough, and my children (3 and 5; boy and girl) liked the story enough to hear it through a few times, but the "Booklist" reviewer was right in that it seems a little long.
In addition, I would add that there is only so much interest that can be aroused by what's inside another thing. Or to put it more bluntly, this book wasn't very interesting to us after a few days.
Three Stars. Nice artwork. A chance to discuss the concept of 'inside'. But generally, an odd little book that is probably worth checking out of the library, but not purchasing.
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- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0761451250
- ISBN-13 : 978-0761451259
- Reading age : 5 - 6 years
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Inside of "Inside, Inside, Inside" - a review12 September 2005 - Published on Amazon.com
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Great for learning preschool/kindergarteners!26 March 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
This is a fun story of two kids playing well together, although they are doing things that make messes. :-) It's easy enough for me to read it how funny it is and joke with my kids how they may not dump mommy's stuff when they're playing this game themselves. My favorite bit (besides the kind, cooperative kid dialogue) is where they grow to describing outside of their house, complete with illustrations. My daughter (age 4) has a hard time with the concept of a city being inside a state being inside a country... this helps!