Book Review: The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins


For Ages: 2-5

A mother makes cookies for her children and the doorbell rings. The children invite the guests to share the treats. The doorbell keeps ringing and the children and guests continue to divide up the cookies until there aren’t any more to share. The doorbell rings one last time and they discover Grandma at the door to solve their cookie dilemma. Pat Hutchins uses colorful pictures and simple text to show how easy it is to share with friends.

What skills your child will learn:

  1. Narrative skills. Through repetitive phrases the child will be able to repeat and tell the story themselves. Have the child share the story through pictures after a few readings.
  2. Print Motivation. Simple phrases as well as counting the cookies and guests will engage the child in the story.

Questions to ask while reading the story:

  1. Where is the cat sitting?
  2. What is the mother doing at the beginning of the story?
  3. What color is the bucket the mother holds?
  4. How many kids are at the table at the end of the story?
  5. What do the kids do when they run out of cookies and the doorbell rings?
  6. What would you do if you ran out of cookies?

Take it a step further:

Bake cookies with your child! Help them measure ingredients and name each kitchen utensil as you use it. Read stories while they bake and invite friends over to share! Just make sure you have enough for everyone 🙂

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