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Chirp Magazine

Chirp Magazine

Spring 2015 Magazines
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Newsstand Price: $5.25
Subscription Price: $34.95 / 10 Issues

I had some difficulty in reviewing Chirp ; my son was so excited to see a stack of Chirp magazines that he immediately absconded with them for his own reading pleasure and was unwilling to let me have them back. This reaction is, obviously, a testament to Chirp's success in appealing to young readers. This variety magazine has a bit of everything it is possible to put in a youth magazine; comic strips, stories, songs, craft activities, recipes, puzzles, and animal facts-something for every child, and every mood. Since the magazine does not specialize in art, or literature, or hands-on literacy activities, it would certainly be possible for the publication to do none of them well. Instead, each activity is well-designed and attractive. The comic strips "Chirp and Friends" and "The Vole Brothers" are genuinely funny; the invented dances are doable and fun for kids; the craft activities are workable for small hands (and for large-handed, but non-crafty parents); and the puzzles and literacy activities are engaging, visually appealing, and appropriately challenging. The themes chosen for each issue, such as dogs, adventures, and space, are interesting to young readers, and are creatively explored through the contents of the magazine.

Naomi Lesley   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Naomi Lesley taught middle and high school English for six years. She is currently in a doctoral program at the George Washington University, focusing on American young adult literature.

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