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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Would You Like a Scarlet Striped Schrinkler? by Virginia K. White is a fun, educational and whimsical book. The Scarlet Striped Schrinkler is portrayed as a cute animal with funny stripes and big ears. His vocabulary consists of using the letter "S" to describe everything from snazzy hair to eating spinach sandwiches with soup and salad to stirring up a saucy seaweed stew. There are matching pictures that illustrate each of the “S” words that Schrinkler uses.
I read it to my six-year-old granddaughter and it took her about two pages to realize that all of the sounds began with “S” and she thought that the Scarlet Striped Schrinkler was very funny. We read it several times and each time caused her to giggle and chuckle at the word combinations and the matching pictures. She is just learning sounds and how to read and after the third time, she enjoyed picking out the words she was beginning to recognize. Her final comment was: “Meemaw, can you get me other books about the Schrinkler, please.” Coming from a fussy six-year-old, that is a very high compliment.
I believe that Would You Like a Scarlet Striped Schrinkler? is a very good book on many levels. It was fun to read and share in the giggles. It was encouraging to me to see my granddaughter enjoying herself while increasing her sound and sight recognition learning and not aware that it was an educational moment as well as a fun time with Meemaw. Virginia K. White did an excellent job of writing a book for the young reader who does not know how to read or who is just learning how. I believe that the three to seven age group recommended for this book is perfect.