by Andrea J. Hill-Sanders, Cathy McEvily, and Marcus Williams

"When you practice showing your love toward others, it brings happiness to both you and those you love."

To help children learn the value of practice, Ant Hill Knowledge presents P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E. (Practice Right Actions Consistently Til It Comes Easily). An activity book for new readers, it presents scenarios illustrating the value of practice through big concepts like love and wisdom, and activities as down-to-earth as athletic competition. Ant youngsters Max, Sofi, and Riley demonstrate how we can exercise our minds and bodies, training ourselves to use them positively and fully. Accompanied by illustrations intended for coloring and questions to answer at the end of each scenario, P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E. will grab a child’s attention visually as well as cognitively. And of course, ants are a well-chosen symbol for persistence.

One of the enjoyable surprises in P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E. is that it introduces children to both definitions of the word. Instead of dealing with just the obvious—practice as repeated physical activity—the book also tackles big concepts such as love and explaining in a way that is easily understood that feelings of love are great, but to be effective, love can also be practiced through action, for example, putting a food item into the box for needy people every time you shop, not just once a year. The illustrations on every page are bold and eye-catching, giving beginning readers a chance to indulge their artistic leanings. There is a connect-the-dots, a P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E, word-find and a challenge to find as many words as possible in the word "practice." Overall, this book makes a worthwhile endeavor for new readers. Presented clearly and attractively, it is worthy of inclusion as material for parents introducing their children to the world of reading.

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