Teachers' Notes Look Inside A young boy celebrates his birthday and receives a pet dragon as a gift. The two play and become the best of friends. 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.
On the thirtieth anniversary of its original publication, Margaret Hillert’s Happy Birthday, Dear Dragon has been re-released. In addition to the original text, Shannon Cannon, a literacy consultant, has added a note to caregivers about reading with young children, as well as connections to the key components of reading instruction identified by the National Reading Panel. Although the original illustrations are a bit like old-fashioned cartoons and the text reminiscent of Dick and Jane in its limited vocabulary, this book is suitable for kindergarten and first grade readers. Children will enjoy the antics of the dragon and the surprises on the latter pages that show what Dear Dragon can do, plus the fact that they will be able to read this book on their own with just a bit of help.
Happy Birthday, Dear Dragon is typical of the many other similar beginning-to-read books by Margaret Hillert which remain popular with primary teachers. Together the original text written at a primer level and the full color child like illustrations tell the story of a little boy who chooses a dragon as a birthday present. The books should appeal to the imaginations of beginning readers….are [a] well worth purchase by all primary school libraries as excellent supplemental independent readers.
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