Fifth stage: 30 to 40 months

The fifth stage commonly occurs between 30-40 months, depending upon attention span. In this period children tend to favor stories that are continuous narratives told in 3-4 sentences per page, centering around daily life, animals, and known experiences. The dramatic arc of a plot (situation, tension, resolution) takes on value in emotional range: Hmm... Oops! Whew. Rhymes and alliteration are sources of word play, but puns are not yet grasped. Detailed illustrations can be read by the child in quiet surroundings. During this stage language skills are developing faster than at any other time.

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear (Child's Play Library) By Audrey Wood, Don Wood, Don Wood (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Audrey Wood, Don Wood, Don Wood (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780859530125
Published: Child's Play International - February 15th, 1987

Farmer Duck By Martin Waddell, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Martin Waddell, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781564025968
Published: Candlewick - March 1st, 1996

A Frog in the Bog By Karma Wilson, Joan Rankin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Karma Wilson, Joan Rankin (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781416927273
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - February 27th, 2007

Ruth Heller's How to Hide a Butterfly & Other Insects By Ruth Heller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780448404776
Published: Grosset & Dunlap - April 29th, 1992

Is Your Mama a Llama? (Scholastic Bookshelf) By Deborah Guarino, Steven Kellogg (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Deborah Guarino, Steven Kellogg (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780439598422
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 1st, 2004

Jump, Frog, Jump! By Robert Kalan, Byron Barton (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Robert Kalan, Byron Barton (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780688092412
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Published: Greenwillow Books - October 26th, 1989

Owl Babies By Martin Waddell, Patrick Benson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Martin Waddell, Patrick Benson (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763617103
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Published: Candlewick - April 1st, 2002

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business By Esphyr Slobodkina, Esphyr Slobodkina (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780064431439
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Published: HarperCollins - September 1st, 2015

The Frog and Toad Collection Box Set: Includes 3 Favorite Frog and Toad Stories! (I Can Read Level 2) By Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780060580865
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Published: HarperCollins - May 25th, 2004

The Napping House Lap Board Book By Audrey Wood, Don Wood (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Audrey Wood, Don Wood (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780152056209
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Published: Clarion Books - March 1st, 2005

Good Night, Gorilla By Peggy Rathmann, Peggy Rathmann (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Peggy Rathmann, Peggy Rathmann (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780698116498
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Published: Puffin Books - May 1st, 2000