Look Inside Teachers' Notes A stuffed pussycat comes to life at night and sets out to explore seeing what animals do during the night. 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 everyday 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
In this Beginning-to-Read book, the author tells the story of a stuffed pussycat’s nocturnal adventures while its child sleeps. After cleaning up his toys, the young boy in the story takes the pussycat to bed. As soon as the boy sleeps, the pussycat begins his exploration. Pussycat teases the family pet (some type of rodent in a cage) because he is on his way out and the pet is stuck in the cage. Outside, pussycat sees the moon, watches baby bunnies playing, runs and jumps with his shadow, watches an owl chase a field mouse, sees a raccoon catch a fish, and observes a mama opossum with three young ones on her back. As the sun rises, Pussycat sneaks back into bed just in time to be awakened by the child who is now ready to play. Children will enjoy the brightly colored and attractive pictures. The pussycat himself is purple with red spots. The book uses repetition and a list of fifty-eight common sight words to help reinforce reading. There are exercises at the back of the book to help parents and teachers question children about their reading.
This imaginative story offers an answer to the question - what do our stuffed animals do when we go to bed at night? Though the text is easy to read, the illustrations offer many great things for discussion between parent and child or two readers. 4/5
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