Look Inside Teachers' Notes A boy receives a new red play car for his birthday and shares riding in it with his friends. 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. Educators' 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.
Hillert’s Beginning-to-Read books have been delighting emergent readers for decades. Adults will fondly remember these titles from their own childhoods, and will want to share these revised classic stories with their young readers. These simple stories of everyday life use common sight words to encourage independent reading. The updated illustrations can be used to expand the text and provide the opportunity to improve oral language skills. Young children will enjoy these simple stories with controlled vocabulary as they start their journey towards reading success. Included are reading reinforcement activities for phoneme awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and text comprehension, and a word list.
Library Media Connection, April/May 2007
According to the note to the caregiver found in the front of the book, this book is part of a series of “classic” reads. The story is simple and endearing: a young boy receives a car from his father for his birthday and drives around town, accumulating friends until a veritable parade of cars, wagons, and bicycles follow him home for a birthday party. The story uses repetitive language and a simple sentence structure to facilitate a young reader’s comprehension. Additionally, the illustrations support and build on the text. The story is charming, but the best part of the book is found after the end of the book in a section titled “Reading Reinforcement.” In this section, readers find “activities support the findings of the National Reading Panel that determined the most effective components for reading instruction.” The book focuses on phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and text comprehension. The exercises are designed to increase a young reader’s reading ability. The instructions are clear and the activities are easy yet effective. Hillert’s book combines old school storytelling with recent advancements in literacy and learning. This book would be a valuable addition to a collection for new readers.
The frequent repetition in this story offers a great chance for emergent readers to practice reading with feeling and emotion. For example, "Look, look!" or "Oh, oh, oh." This book, like all in the series, also offers suggestions for parents for extending the reading experience, including word plays. 4/5
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