Six year old Isabella usually is the one who has a babysitter. But when her enormous puppy named Baxter creates a mess and prevents her mom from working, Isabella's mom asks her to babysit him. And Isabella knows exactly what to do! Or does she? First, Isabella gets Baxter dressed...TWICE! Next they have a snack, but not without a CRASH and a BANG. And that’s just the beginning. Join Isabella in her very first picture book filled with lots of humor and adventure as she tries to keep Baxter from making a bigger mess. (Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree and Mom's Choice Award).
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a cute story
The story draws to you from the start with a great bright cover and continues drawing you in with the illustrations. In this story Isabella becomes the babysitter. Her mother asked her to watch Baxter the family dog! Although Isabella doesn't realize that her mother is asking her to do this to keep her busy Isabella feels like a grown up. She goes about taking care of Baxter the way she would take care of herself. Dressing, snacking, playing, bathing and even cleaning up. I really enjoyed the part where she went to the kitchen to get her favorite snack fish crackers and she couldn't quite reach them, knocking them on over and some spilling on the floor brought a giggle from me, knowing that Baxter like any dog wouldn't be able to resist. At the end of the story when "mom" was ready to take Baxter for his walk, she discovered Isabella and Baxter cleaning up and to me this part teaches a lesson about responsibility and cleaning up after yourself. Job well done and I can see many kids loving the playfulness of this book.
Isabella is a little girl who always is the one who needs a babysitter, until one day when mom needed help. She was given the big responsibility of babysitting her dog Baxter. Baxter is a handful. Isabella seems to have an awesome babysitter that she learned from because all of the activities she did with Baxter were right on par with what her babysitter would do with her. The pictures are colorful and fun. Perfect for ages 4-7. The great thing about this book is that it shows kids what a huge responsibility it is to care for someone or something else. Great Story!
Story of Love & Care
This picture book is beautifully illustrated and well written. While it's more for the younger ones in the suggested age group in terms of reading level, the story appeals to the older ones as well. Every character in the book is adorable, including, Isabella, her mom and her dog. The story encourages kids to take their share of responsibility as a family member and to offer help to their loved ones (Yes, mom needs every bit of help she can get!).
It also depicts a very realistic picture about the messy situation kids are very likely to get into when doing something "big" for the first time. All is told in a humorous, loving tone. Meanwhile, it drops friendly hints about how parents should react to the mess their children make from their well-intentioned actions.
I find this book to be both entertaining and educational and would highly recommend it to both children who start to read independently and parents who love to read with their little ones.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to facilitate my honest review.