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Maisy's First Clock    by Lucy Cousins order for
Maisy's First Clock
by Lucy Cousins
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2011 (2011)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This Fun-to-Learn board book features a clock whose hands can be adjusted so that as you and your child read about Maisy's day, the hands on the clock can be changed.

For example, it is 8 o'clock in the morning. 'Good morning, Maisy! Maisy brushes her teeth. What will she wear today?' As you read the text you or your child can adjust the clock to 8 a.m.. Then, as you look at the illustrations of different types of clothing a dress, pants, overalls and a shirt let your child point to what he or she thinks the little white mouse will decide to put on.

At 10 o'clock Maisy will go shopping, at noon she'll have lunch, and then at 2 o'clock she'll be off to play at the park. As the day continues you'll have to adjust the clock and also you'll find various things she'll need for each time period. Bath time means there's a rubber duck, soap, boat and shampoo featured.

Not only will you be practicing telling time using the big red clock the book features, but there will also be practice identifying and naming various objects that Maisy encounters during her day.

From start to finish this board book for toddlers two years of age and up makes learning fun. Inventive parents can think of other ways to turn Maisy's First Clock into a fun reading experience. Asking questions like 'Where is Maisy's teddy bear?' or 'Can you turn the hands on the clock to 7 o'clock?' will further engage the child in the story.

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