Children's Literature - Phyllis KennemerWhen the boy's piggy bank breaks, he asks his father what to do. His father tells him to pick the money up off the floor and place it in a bag. Dad explains that the pig is a little bank. They then drive to a big bank. The boy deposits his money. The teller shows him the bank vault, so he knows his money will be safe. Then she gives him a bank book listing the amount of his deposit. His father takes him to a pottery shop to choose another ceramic bank. The boy chooses one in the shape of a dragon. When they arrive home, the boy shows a friend his bank book. His mother is baking dragon-shaped cookies. The boy puts some coins in his new bank. The dragon appears in the background of each picture, but his presence is not acknowledged until the final scene when the boy speaks directly to him. The large colorful illustrations offer clues for reading the words in the story. Includes a note to caregivers about using the book and two pages for reading reinforcement with phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and text comprehension, as well as a page with a word list. Part of the Beginning-to-Read "Dear Dragon" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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