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The Midnight Ball

$ 10.95
MCA Gold Award
Author(s): Sara Barkat
Pricing Notes: Kindle is 6.99
Audience: elementary school

When little Song receives a last-minute invitation to a midnight ball, she leaves immediately, hoping to arrive on time to the castle. But her journey is long, and she meets many friendly animals on the way. They enjoy fields and forests, sunlight and moonlight, and quiet moments of wonder. In a beautiful story of new friends and sweet generosity, little Song takes readers on a time-telling adventure from noon to midnight.

An antique timepiece on each page shows the changing hours and minutes. Children learn analog, digital, and text versions of time from noon to midnight. They also learn sequencing, through the movement from noon to afternoon to evening to night. Sequencing is a major concept necessary for building deeper math skills.

Predictable text plus alliteration in key portions of the tale make this a seamless "learning" bedtime story or classroom read aloud—the story can also serve as an early reader that a child can grow with to build literacy skills.

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