Can I Help?

Can I Help?

by Alvin Granowsky

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Entries like Can I Help? in the useful "My World" series at Level 2 have two or three declarative sentences per page with enough words to challenge a good first or an average second grade reader. The language sounds childlike and friendly rather than textbook-ish or pedantic. Here, everyone in the family is helping to prepare for a neighborhood barbecue and picnic. Each offers to help by carrying, making, cleaning or setting up, and then the party gathers as Mom says, "Please help yourself." Illustrations in this volume feature multicultural faces in cartoons and photographs of real things (dishes, grill, ribbons, and so forth) in a pleasant blend. Phrases at the end of the book repeat some aspects of the text and invite readers to write their own stories about the subject. Endmatter includes four labeled picture-outtakes that invite readers to search the previous pages for the match. All and all, a good addition to a classroom reading series, if not an essential one. 2001, Copper Beach, $15.90. Ages 6 to 8. Reviewer: Susan Hepler

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