Look Inside Teachers' Notes A young girl makes bath time interesting by taking an imaginary ocean voyage to a tropical island. There she sees tropical animals, whales, monkeys and other boats on the water. Beautifully re-illustrated with a fresh and appealing look, these Beginning-to-Read books foster independent reading and comprehension. Using high frequency words and repetition, readers gain confidence while enjoying stories about every day life and adventures. Educator resources include reading reinforcement activities and a word list in the back. Activities focus on foundational, language and reading skills. Sections include; phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.
Taking a bath may or may not be a child’s idea of a fun time. Usually they either embrace bath time or avoid it for different reasons. When a young girl is finally in the tub, however, she is delighted to discover that her imagination provides many great adventures. Mother coaxes her with a little blue boat that changes the whole situation. It actually is not so bad after all! Sailing the open ocean with dolphins and sea gulls, exploring a faraway jungle, and being a brave captain gives the happy girl a fun time indeed. Mother finally tells her it is time to finish. How hard it is to stop playing in the water with a special blue boat. Watercolor illustrations beautifully enhance comprehension and oral language on every page. Text features for educators and families include a note by Shannon Cannon, Literacy Consultant, and specific reading reinforcement activities based on the classic story. Phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and text comprehension are critical components of reading instruction as determined by the National Reading Panel. In addition, a seventy-three word list of high frequency words is given. Children can practice oral language skills through repetition during read-alouds by using other “Beginning-to-Read Easy Stories” by the author. The more a book is read, the more opportunities readers have to gain confidence and achieve better reading skills. Thus, fun tales like this one connect with youngsters in an engaging, memorable way. 2009 (orig. 1981)