Teachers' Notes Look Inside After reading a book about medieval times, a boy falls asleep and dreams that he and his pet dragon live in a medieval setting. Now re-illustrated with a fresh and modern look, these timeless beginning readers foster independent reading and comprehension. Using high frequency words and repetition, readers gain confidence while enjoying every day experiences with a boy and his imaginary pet dragon. 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.
This title for emerging readers, part of the “Beginning-to-Read” series from Norwood House Press, is a reprint of a classic story by Margaret Hillert. As with all the books in this series, the story features text in large, plain type; is told in common sight words that are repeated often, allowing beginning readers ample recognition practice; and is accompanied by illustrations that expand on the plotline, along with cues that will help children develop story comprehension skills. This story stars a young boy and his pet dragon, and begins as they are both falling asleep. The boy dreams of brave knights and tall castles, of jousting tournaments and dragon eggs. Readers are entertained by the boy’s imaginary tale of how he finds his beloved pet, all the while practicing word recognition skills. This particular title is the first of the “Dear Dragon” series, one of Hillert’s most popular and educationally-acclaimed series, and it is one that today’s kids will love just as well. This version includes an introduction with reading tips for parents by literacy consultant, Shannon Cannon; a complete vocabulary list; and five reading reinforcement mini-lessons developed in response to recent findings by the National Reading Panel.
Dragon goes to school with the boy. The pictures support the repetitive sight-word text. The book would be good for beginning readers.
Book Buzz, August 2008