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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The "Rookie Reader" series has been around for years and this is a new sub-series entitled "Rookie Read to Learn: Numbers and Shapes." There is only one shape that is emphasized in this story and it is the roundness of certain balls. Balls can roll, bounce, they can be thrown, hit into the air, or kicked. Balls come in all sizes but mostly round in shape (the football is the big exception). The real charm of this book is the three-dimensional artwork. Scenes that have been created and then photographed—a bit like something that Walter Wick might have created or some of the fabric work and paper cutting of collage illustrations by Susan Roth or Salley Mavor. After the story is finished there is a brief blurb about the author and illustrator, followed by pages of activities. They include a song and in this case a familiar one, picture rhymes, fill in the blanks, a counting exercise, "name that ball," and an exercise using a ball made of aluminum foil. The final page contains a list of the twenty words that make up the story. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Children's Literature
Using 29 words, rhyming text tells us many uses for balls, and without the text making it specific, the varied seasons and settings in which balls play a part. A circus clown spins a ball; a pair of children throws snowballs; children play with a beach ball; and of course, many sports are pictured that use a ball. Natural language uses some tough word choices for an emergent reader, such as knock, bounce, and count, but in context they are understandable. Bronson's unique and pleasant baked-clay people appear on collage and are colorfully painted to show up against the plain backgrounds. With the familiar subject matter, this one should appeal to both boys and girls who are able to tackle a bit more print but are still at the emergent reading level. Part of "A Rookie Reader" series, Level A. 2002, Children's Press,
— Susan Hepler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531264454
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Rookie Ready to Learn
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,011,609
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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