Look Inside Teachers' Notes A little cowboy and his father ride horses, round up cattle, mend a fence, practice roping, cook over a campfire, and sleep outdoors in their sleeping bags. 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.
Words and pictures are successfully meshed together to create a simple story that supports reading independence in this book. Using only 50 words, Hillert conveys the life and work of cowboys. The abilities of a little and inexperienced cowboy are compared and contrasted with those of a big and experienced cowboy as they work together. The appealing illustrations provide details that text, with its limited vocabulary, can’t. Thus, a picture of a guitar illustrates the sentences, “Here is something cowboys like. You can play it. It is fun to play.” Similarly, a picture of the two cowboys eating at dusk by a campfire illustrates the sentences, “The big cowboy and the little cowboy can eat now. My, this is good.” For this revised and expanded library edition, an instructional note as well as a word list and activities for reading reinforcement are provided. These activities will be familiar to classroom teachers but not necessarily to parents. Part of the “Easy Stories” set within the “Beginning-to-Read” series.
This is a western version of Dick and Jane with a little more content. It's a cute book for young beginning readers with large type and colorful illustrations. The repetition is well placed and the reading reinforcement and word list are a real bonus. It would be great to have more books like this that enable parents to continue reading and skills reinforcement at home. Amazingly, the entire story, which is well written, uses only 50 words. Highly Recommended.
Richardson Independent School District's Library Media Services Book Review Program, June 2009