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Little Skills: Box Set    by Tanya Napier & Airlie Anderson order for
Little Skills
by Tanya Napier
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The Little Skills box set includes 3 activity books (brush!, plop! and zip!), 35 stickers, and an 'I Did It!' progress chart, with spaces to add stickers for each activity. The stated intent is to help young children acquire the skills needed to take care of themselves.

A sweet little rabbit puzzles over each activity. In brush!, he figures out how to brush his teeth. The format (a series of silly questions like 'do you brush your teeth with soap and water?', followed by a sensible one) will engage little ones, who always enjoy pouncing on the right answer. Kids learn to brush their teeth 'softly' and thoroughly twice a day. plop!, opens, 'someday soon you'll pee and poo in a potty made just for you', and explains that it can take a while - 'You can sing a song while you wait!' This one also addresses the fact that 'Everybody has accidents at first.' Last comes zip!, on getting dressed - the poor little bunny puzzles over where everything goes.

This handy box set is cleverly designed to encourage growing independence in very small children, with a built-in behavior modification and reward system. Wish Little Skills had been available when my kids were small!

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