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One, of course, must pat the cat. Then you can extract money from the ATM and later put it into daddy's wallet. You can imitate mommy making a list, scratch and sniff the gingersnaps, help Neddy and Martha see-saw and play peek-a-boo, and squeeze the little bear before going to bed.
It is a fun, quiet little book that your child will enjoy. And you will too -- not because it's exciting, but because the time you and your child spend looking through it will be happy and peaceful.
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The great thing about this book is that there is something fun for them to do on every page, and it grows with your child. The only drawback I found is that it's not super-durable if your child really loves it and reads it over and over and over and over... :-)
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The first chapter gives a glimpse into the lives of the people under the rule of the Roman Empire. Mount Vesuvius is introduced along with the assumption that the people of Pompeii were not aware that they were living beside a dangerous volcano.
The correct pronounciations are given for Pompeii and Vesuvius which are often mispronounced by children as well as adults.
In chapter two, the volcano erupts and descriptions are given as to how the people reacted. Descriptions are also given as to how the volcano eruption affected the air, sky, land, and sea.
The town of pompeii was buried under hot ash.
In the final chapter, chapter 3, Pompeii is forgotten. Time passes. A new town is built overtop of ancient Pompeii.
Workers, who were tunnelling for water, discover pieces of an ancient wall and, years later, Pompeii is rediscovered.
Pompeii... Buried Alive! is not only a well-rounded, excellent book, it is a necessity for teaching children about Pompeii. Everything a child needs to know are in its pages.
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One point of criticism is that the interactive activities are not very engaging. As with the original, there is a page to pet Pat the bunny, who is wearing a holiday scarf, but surely they could shake things up a bit and be more inventive. Other activities include a paper pencil to write a Christmas list, a tobogan to pull, a page where you lift Judy's arm to put the star on the tree, and a candy cane to sniff, but my daughter doesn't seem to care much about any of them. Another criticism of this book is that it is not especially durable, in particular for a book that markets itself to younger children. I have to closely monitor her so that she doesn't rip the tobogan off its track.
Simply put, Pat the bunny deserves a better Christmas adaptation...one that retains the charm of the original. If you are a Pat fan, you'll still want to have this in your Christmas collection, but there are better interactive Christmas books out there that I would buy first. For example, check out David Carter's two Christmas books.
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Jack and Jemma visit Jack's aunt and uncle on the farm; first they pat the pony. Okay so far. Then they put on boots. The "interactive" part here consists of touching the smooth boot, which feels exactly like the page. Not only is this bad device used, but it crops up again when you can feel a glass of lemonade. Weak. The scratch and sniff rose, woolly sheep and a blanket that lifts to reveal a basket of puppies are fine. Finally, the tabs are flimsy, and needless to say they are already ripped out of our book -- a wheel that turns, ducks that float, and milk that spills -- or used to.
This is a fun little series, but you would be better off getting "Pat the Bunny" or "Pat the Cat", the two best in our experience.