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children's BOOK : Margery Cuyler - That's Good! That's Bad!
By m j . hollingshead
Last edited: Sunday, July 18, 2010
Posted: Tuesday, June 08, 2010

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Thatís Good, Thatís Bad is a very good narrative about assumptions.

Margery Cuyler - That's Good! That's Bad! Childrenís Fiction is a fun read in our Osage County First Grade.

A little boy went to the zoo with his parents where they bought him a shiny red balloon; that was the commencement of a good/bad set of adventures.

The balloon carried him soaring up into the sky, and that was good, ummm, no, that was bad because the balloon drifted a long time before it came to a jungle, where it burst as it touched the branch of a tall, prickly tree. And that was bad, errr, no that was good.

Thus the adventures proceeded from a plummet into a muddy river full of hippos to joining a gathering of 10 noisy baboons, to finding a hanging vine to snatch for his getaway, coming in contact with elephants and lions and a big billed stork; until finally the little boy is brought back together with his parents.

Thatís Good, Thatís Bad is a very good narrative about assumptions.

First Graders, as well as much of the population in general it seems; are prone to very black and white thinking, and never consider the grey that is reality most of the time. A dropped pencil immediately elicits cries of Ďsomebody stole my pencilí, a child sitting and reading may be accused of taking the book of another despite the fact that the book he/she is holding is the one checked out by the reader, and so it goes. Teaching that assumptions, jumping to conclusions and conjecture are often wrong is an ongoing process beginning in Kindergarten and continuing throughout life.

Cuyler's quirky narrative is animated, filled with motivating exclamations Osage First Grade enjoys; WOW, PANT PANT, SSSSS, GLUG, SLOP, WHOOSH, ZZZZZ, PURRR, SLURP, YUCK, OOOOO, BOO HOO, FLAP FLAP, to encourage Little Listener Readers to chime in as the story is read.

Osage County First Grade swiftly grasps that each page is going to launch a new set of oh good, no bad, however, the transition to life has yet to begin.

Writer Cuylerís little boy and his misadventures are well portrayed by illustrator David Catrowís droll and clever graphics depict the little boyís sporadic respite and panic.

Child essential repetition, vivacious kid friendly illustrations and a jungle filled with capricious critters is one fun read for Osage County First Grade.

Writer Cuylerís Thatís Good! Thatís Bad! is a magnificently ingenious and delightfully illustrated escapade crowded full of untamed critters as well as extraordinary state of affairs. I like that children are introduced to the notion that everything does not necessarily turn out as first seemed, and that what may look like a disaster may well be a very good thing while what seems so positive at first blush may be anything but.

A real child pleaser, happy to recommend Margery Cuylerís Thatís Good! Thatís Bad!.

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molly martin
Title That's Good! That's Bad!
Author Margery Culyer
Illustrator David Catrow
Genre: children 32 pages
Reading to: Ages 3-8
Read with some help: Ages 4 - 8
Read alone: Primary Readers
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company 175 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10010
ISBN-10: 0805029540
ISBN-13: 978-0805029543

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Reviewed by Shoma Mittra 7/21/2010
really enjoyed this review :-)
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/11/2010
Thank you for sharing this most informative and well-written review, Molly. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Jon Willey 6/9/2010
M. J., thanks for taking the time to share this with us. It seems such a long time since we have heard from you my friend. May peace and love be always with you. Jon Michael

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