This is a board book about Wally Waddlewater. He wants to walk to town so he can put a card in the mail that he had just finished making for his grandmother. Well, the first time he needs to cross a street, he nearly get struck by a car! So, his mom went with him to town and all along the way she taught him how he needs to look left, look right, and then look left again. He practiced for many days so that his mom would let him try to cross the street by himself. Then, one day his mother let him cross the street on his own, and he did it successfully, because he looked both ways before he crossed the street!
This is one of those topics that I wouldn’t have thought to get a book about for my children to read. In fact, when I was offered the opportunity to read it, I was hesitant. I honestly didn’t have high hopes of it being good. I guess I just thought it would be hard to make a story about looking both ways before you cross the street exciting to read.
Let me tell you… my 5 year old daughter, Olivia, LOVES this book.
Since receiving it, she has asked all of us to read it to her numerous times. She is now much better at looking both ways before she crosses a street, too, so that’s a win! We live at the end of a road that is not busy at all. Really, the only people that drive down it are the people who live here (which are only 5 houses), the mailman, paperman, and then the FedEx/UPS guys. That being said, accidents can always happen, so I still make my kids look both ways before they cross the street to go play at the neighbors.
My older 2 kids (age 9 and 11) have no problems looking both ways. They are old enough that they are pretty aware of their surroundings and they pay attention to what is on the street. Olivia is definitely still learning that. We will watch her cross the street, and frequently she just runs across without even looking down the street. That is scary! Really, the chances of her getting hit are very small due to the lack of traffic on our street, but obviously we still want her to look, just in case.
This book has done its’ job! Olivia is excited to show us how she looks left, looks right, and then looks left again, just like Wally Waddlewater does!
Olivia can’t read yet. Well, we have read this book to her so many times (because she has asked us to!), that she can “read” it on her own!
I highly recommend this book. It is a super cute story and it does a great job at teaching your kids the proper and safe way to cross the street.
Information at a glance:
What is it? A board book called Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again that teaches children about the importance of looking both ways before they cross the street.
For whom? Kids ages 3-8
How much? $8.50