Dixie (I Can Read Book 1 Series)

Dixie (I Can Read Book 1 Series)

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by Grace Gilman, Sarah Mcconnell
     
 

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Emma and her puppy, Dixie, are inseparable after-school friends.

But when Emma starts preparing for her class's production of The Wizard of Oz, Dixie feels left out. She wants to romp and play, but all Emma wants to do is memorize her lines in peace and quiet. Dixie does not understand.

Dixie, the mischievous puppy who is trying to be good, will be

Overview

Emma and her puppy, Dixie, are inseparable after-school friends.

But when Emma starts preparing for her class's production of The Wizard of Oz, Dixie feels left out. She wants to romp and play, but all Emma wants to do is memorize her lines in peace and quiet. Dixie does not understand.

Dixie, the mischievous puppy who is trying to be good, will be embraced by beginning readers.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Emma and her dog Dixie are great friends. They snack together and play together, and Dixie is one happy dog. But one day, Emma comes home with a part in a play. She is going to try out to be Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Dixie has to be quiet while Emma learns her lines, and that is really hard for this exuberant dog. Emma wins the role and brings home a pair of red slippers. Now, she has to really spend time learning her lines. It is almost more than Dixie can bear—no play time and not much attention from Emma who is so busy learning her role. The desperate dog steals one of the ruby red slippers. His mistress is in despair—with no slipper, surely she will forget her lines. But Dixie wants her to be happy, so he retrieves the slipper. Then, it's showtime. Emma is on stage as Dorothy—and Dixie is there as her dog Toto. The illustrations give hints of the original motion picture, but the setting is mostly that of a modern young girl and her dog. The loose watercolor and pencil drawings work perfectly for the story. For parents, there is a note on the opening page. This book is identified as a Level 1 entry in the "I Can Read!" series, which means it has simple sentences for eager new readers. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Kirkus Reviews

An easy-to-read story about a little girl's dream of playing Dorothy with her own dog, Dixie, in the role of Toto.

Dixie is initially excited when Emma, her owner, is chosen to be the star of the school production ofThe Wizard of Oz. Anything that makes Emma happy makes Dixie happy. "All you have to do is follow me everywhere," Emma reassures the pup. That sounds perfect to the dog. When Dixie realizes that the play preparations are cutting into her Emma time, though, she retaliates by hiding with one of the ruby slippers, leaving Dorothy with no Toto and only one shoe. With very short sentences, ample white space and sight-word vocabulary, this will be accessible to the earliest readers. A straightforward, comforting plot, coupled with rich, full-color illustrations, adds appeal. Dixie's antics are particularly energetic—she runs in circles around the pages while Emma holds her red pigtails in exasperation. When Emma thinks all is lost, the illustration droops in empathy: Her fuzzy-bear slippers' faces frown; the picture on the wall shows Dixie walking away; and her stuffed animal dejectedly flops over the edge of the bed. The dog-and-girl friendship deepens as Emma realizes that her sweet Dixie is truly her best pal.

New readers looking for a good confidence builder should grab this one.(Early reader. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061719134
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Series:
I Can Read Book 1 Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
202,450
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
200L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Grace Gilman is a former children's book editor. She lives in New York City.

Sarah McConnell grew up in the English countryside and spent her childhood drawing on every surface she could find. She now lives in Nottingham, England, with her partner, Rich, and an extremely mischievouscat named Kitten.

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Dixie (I Can Read Book 1 Series) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 749 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son loves this book! He enjoys anything about animals, and the fact that his dog is just as playful and mischevious as Dixie makes him laugh everytime. He especially enjoys that the Nook will read to him. Just wish there were more like this that were free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son reads this over and over again.
paloma575 More than 1 year ago
My son is four n loved it, It teached him that there is a time for play, n a time to learn.
Terry Swanson More than 1 year ago
My 2 year old grandson loves this book and its read to me option.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing and wonderful story . Very realistic ,I would enjoy reading this over and over .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My toddlers loved this little book about a girl and her dog.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a fun, cute, short story for first time readers that makes me reminisce of my Childhood "Golden Book" days. It has a wonderful "Read to Me" & "Read by Myself" option when you first open the book on your Nook Color. It's nice that your child can listen to the story audibly, as they turn the pages themselves. Your child can then practice reading the book back to you, all on their own. I wish I had this when I was a kid!
V V More than 1 year ago
I got this for my little sisterwho is 6. She loves this, and i kinda like it to! Its a really nice and cute book, and it's not too short. The narrator speeks with great enthusiasm, and there are sounds in the backround like barking, and other things. This book is great, and it's free! I totally recommend this for a youn kid. :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi if any one gets this please help me find a book that reads to kids and is under one dollar but this book is great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book for kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heart this book its so adorable!
lbs More than 1 year ago
I got this book for my four year old niece. She loved it! She especially like the "read to me" option. I would buy more books by this author. It was a book we both enjoyed together.
Nana-of-3 More than 1 year ago
My Grandchildren LOVE this book. The 6 year old loves to read it to the 2 younger ones, and the younger ones, both 3, love to listen to the read to me feature!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story, nice pictures. Read it to 3 & 4 yr old they liked it. We all enjoy the read to me feature. It's a great story. Very entertaining.
Tiffany Long More than 1 year ago
I have a 4 year old nd it is a little boring for her to listen to. She also doesn't know Wizard of Oz yet, so the story line is a bit off for her. But I think if you have a child learning to read the story is very simple with short sentences, so it is a good early reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. My grandfather gave it to me. Me and my kitten daisy love this a lot! I like most about it is that my name is emma amd this book is just like me because i have a dog named Jazzy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves these "read to me" books! She can't get enough of them. Now she want a puppy named Dixie.......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought it for my 18 month granddaughter it was a little to long for her to set still and listen to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
kids loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I li-love the fact that it reads to you. I would guess it's for ages 7 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a great book.
Ashlyn Miller More than 1 year ago
Sooo cute
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter asks me to read this book to her every night sometimes even twice. She loves the characters and we plan to purchase more books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Toooo cuteee