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.
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