Any child who has a pet or wishes for a pet will be excited to read about Ben’s new pet. Readers will empathize with Ben’s feelings of sadness as he meets his friend’s pets. The book offers many chances to practice the short e sound along with other vowel sounds in short, simple C-V-C words. By the end of the book the reader will be able to celebrate their growing reading skills and cheer for Ben’s new pet.
Students will be excited to explore this series of decodable books for early readers. Recurring characters and familiar contexts such as home or a park are mixed with humor, action, and fun. Readers will cheer as Ben gets a new pet or Zack sees a whale. Each cumulative book is for readers just beginning to decode words. The books begin by introducing the short vowels one at a time within a consonant-vowel-consonant pattern. Later books encourage the readers to incorporate consonant digraphs into their blending. Limited high-frequency words and supportive pictures help the reader successfully navigate the text while they practice essential decoding skills. Each title includes a note to the caregiver and a word list that is organized by Focus words, High-Frequency words, and Challenge words.