Look Inside Teachers' Notes A story in rhyming verse that tells the tale of two children following a long red string in order to meet an unusual playmate. 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.
Two gnome-like children find a most unusual sight, a long red string that leads them on an exciting journey to find out where it goes. First, though, a lively dog joins them on a most fascinating hunt: up a very long stairway, in-between tall legs of a huge lion statue, among life-sized colorful toys, and then down a spiraling ride through the clouds into a body of water. How on earth can this be? Perhaps the travelers are discovering new worlds, or maybe the reader’s imagination is involved, too. In either case, the happy dog continues onward to a weird sort of car that carries them to the source of the wandering string. It is a very large playful cat with a red ball of yarn all ready for fun. The illustrations appear somewhat primitive in light of modern styles, and yet this lends further enhancement to the curious fantasy. Text features for adults and youngsters include a note by Shannon Cannon, Literacy Consultant, and specific reading reinforcement activities based on the tale. Phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and text comprehension are primary components of reading instruction as determined by the National Reading Panel. There is a fifty-five word list of high frequency words which kids can recognize from other “Beginning-to-Read Easy Stories” by the author, especially during repeated read-alouds. By expanding oral language through classic, engaging stories, children will enjoy strengthening their reading abilities in the process. 2009 (orig. 1978). Susan Treadway, M.Ed (Children's Literature)