Meant to be shared with parents and other adult caretakers for read-aloud and activity fun, page after glossy page of this high-quality magazine provides young children with a well-conceived treasure trove of stories, poems, songs, and crafts, imaginatively illustrated by numerous artists. There are “find the differences” pages, and “I Spy” and matching puzzles, and comical, food-for-thought, multicultural short stories spun around animals and diverse kid characters. Recent crafts included “Furry Fliers” (instead of paper airplanes), a “Worm Hunt” game, and “Superhero” finger puppets. Among other regular features: a “Max and Kate” story about a day in the life of two best friends, a “Molly and Emmett” comic strip about a girl and her lovable cat companion, and “Ladybug, Muddle, & Thud,” a double-page spread featuring the adventures of a ladybug, a miniature elephant, and a dinosaur, the magazine’s cartoon mascot characters.
Lynne Heffley ©2020 Parents’ Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.