Library Journal - Library JournalPreS-Gr 1-Three easy-readers set in the town of Beastieville. Each book begins with the same general note to parents and teachers suggesting ways to use the books to enhance children's reading abilities. There are also suggested activities specific to each title. The stories claim to focus on a concept and are told in short rhyming text. However, the emphasis is on keeping to a limited number of words and there is little if any information about the topic. The writing is typical of beginning readers where a controlled vocabulary is more important than the story line. The illustrations fill the spreads and are done in bold colors. The orange, pink, blue, or green beasties have the look of stuffed animals come to life. Lois Ehlert's Planting a Rainbow (Harcourt, 1988) does an excellent job of introducing colors. Sarah Schuette's series of books (Pebble) focusing on colors and shapes are also very good for getting this basic information across to this age group. Eileen Christelow's Vote! (Clarion, 2003) is a better choice for introducing civics.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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