Kurt, Gert, Jazmine and Bagel by Irene Dolnick

Kurt, Gert, Jazmine and Bagel by Irene Dolnick

I was recently sent a copy of Kurt, Gert, Jazmine, and Bagel to review with my son. Irene Dolnick’s cute story about beagle fun is not only a wonderful children’s story that will teach kids the value of friendship, but it is a fabulous way to show your kids HOW to read.

Written in a phonetically demonstrative style, the book focuses on the story first, but it has visual cues to help your child learn to read.

Illustrated by Richa Kinra, the story is about three beagles called Kurt, Gert and Jazmine, who play together all the time. But as the weather changes, Kurt and Gert become indoor pets, while Jazmine is left out in the cold searching for someone new to play with.

Along comes Bagel, a bit of a mutt, who is also looking for a friend. Together, they play and imagine and learn about what friendship really means.



At the moment, the book is a great fit for Dexter, who will be three next month. The story involves him, and since dogs are his favorite animal right now, he engages well with the characters. But the beauty of the book is that it is something we can look at later to really get a grasp of phonics and how to read. As he gets older and begins learning his letters and sounds, it will become instrumental in his learning process.

I’d highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an engaging tool to help their child learn to read.

* I received a copy of the book for review purposes, however all opinions are my own.


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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

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