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Flip Along Fun: Mix Up to Match Up . . . The Right Answer (A Mix & Match Storybook) Review by Courtney Larson

By Michael J. Dowling
Wool Street Publishing
133 Worthing Road
St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Flip Along Fun is a large, spiral-bound board book for children ages 2-6. The interior pages are split into 3 sections that can move independently. The first section has the beginning of the sentence, the middle section has the middle of the sentence, and the last section has the end of the sentence. There are nine cards in each section. All of the sentences reinforce counting skills.

In Flip Along Fun, the child is supposed to find three cards that go together to create a sentence. This can be done by matching the pictures. For example, if the beginning card has two bunnies and the middle card has three mice, the child looks for the ending card that has two bunnies and three mice. The sentence for that particular combination reads "2 white bunnies rubbing their tummies", "met 3 mice in gray jumping in the hay", "the 5 shut their eyes and did exercise".

I think the concept of Flip Along Fun is interesting, but the book did not hold my 5-year-old son's attention for very long. I like to leave books around for my sons to pick up and read or look through, and Flip Along Fun just didn't get picked up by any of my five boys. When I sat down to go through the book with my youngest, I found the sentences to be troublesome to read because of the lack of punctuation and capitalization, and the illustrations are fairly basic and boring. Because of these things, I'm afraid I cannot recommend Flip Along Fun.

Product review by Courtney Larson, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, May 2011