We had the chance to review Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again from Greene Bark Press. Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again is a board book written by Ginger Pate who had been hit by a car when she was young. She wrote the book in hopes of preventing children from such accidents. It is recommended for children ages 3-8.
I was excited to read it to our kids (ages 7, 5, and 3) not just because it is a good lesson for every child to learn, but also because due to our children’s special needs (particularly our oldest who is on the Autism Spectrum) basic safety is something I have to reinforce constantly. Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again is very detailed in the way it explains how to cross the road safely as you follow Wally Waddlewater on a journey to deliver a card to his grandmother. It also doesn’t mention roads alone, but discusses all types of vehicles – trains, trucks, emergency vehicles, etc. It also has bright, fun illustrations, which is great for keeping our kids’ attention as well.
We have already read the book many times since we received it, and the kids could really connect to the message. They did ask questions (as they always do), and we discussed it more in detail. They even started putting it into practice when we cross the street. Now they always say “look left, look right, look left again,” while doing so. Prior to reading this book they did know basic safety for crossing the road, but I do feel this book helped reinforce not only the importance of road safety, but also a more detailed explanation rather than the simple “look both ways.” Our kids need very specific directions, and I feel this is a good resource for providing that information.
Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again can be purchased for $8.50.
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