How To Teach Slug to Read

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Mama Slug teaches Little Slug how to read.
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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Adorable slugs? Isn't that an oxymoron? Not to Pearson, who made the slimy gastropods in Slugs in Love (Marshall Cavendish, 2006) truly charming. Here she collaborates with illustrator Slonim, whose witty acrylic and charcoal illustrations are an integral part of this tale of a literate slug. A boy explains to Mama Slug how to teach Little Slug to read, based, obviously, on his own experiences (and those of Slonim, whose wife taught their four children to read). Rule One says to label the beginner's favorite things, from which we learn that a slug loves corn, beans, carrots, worms, and bugs, all suitably labeled. Picking a good book is important, so Little Slug chooses Rhymes from Mother Slug, climbs slowly up a rock to see it, and confronts "Mary Had a Little Slug." Happy mother and excited child try other strategies, the most amusing of which is learning new vocabulary words like tuffet and curds and whey (it's "Cottage cheese"). Kids just learning to read will have fun recognizing skills they have already mastered, pre-readers will be anticipating the process with enthusiasm; parents can chuckle over pages with special books like The Snail in the Hat and Where the Wild Slugs Are. The oversize illustrations from a slug's perspective make this picture book a wonderful read-aloud, while pointing out that books can show a slug the whole wide world (slugs from other lands are pictured with their stalk eyes protruding from Asian, Russian, and Arab headgear). Young readers who now love to read with slugs will appreciate David Greenberg and Victoria Chase's Slugs (Little, Brown, 1983). Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—This charming and funny manual is also informative for older siblings or parents who are beginning the teaching process themselves. The bits of advice include: "Attach labels to Little Slug's favorite things," "Read out loud to him," "Point out words that repeat," "Sound out words," "Make a vocabulary list," and "Be patient." Everything is made amusing by adding the slug perspective ("underline favorite words in slug slime"). Presented in a combination of bold text and speech bubbles, Pearson's text is simple and appealing. Illustrations are cartoonish with plenty of bug appeal, humor, and a scintilla of grossness. Beyond its cleverness, this is a terrific bookfomercial for READING. The final pages share some of the joys to be found in books in an unpreachy way. And that is no small achievement.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761458050
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 93,296
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2014

    Wonderful for pre-schoolers!

    This is a fun book. My daughter loved the adorable illustrations and the ideas presented are very helpful for kids and parents who are trying to learn to read. My daughter loves it. This is a great book not only for home, for the classroom, as well. I believe this is one book that is an excellent gift for early birthdays (it's never too early to start learning to read!).

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  • Posted March 5, 2014

    This amazing little book takes all the practical ways of teachin

    This amazing little book takes all the practical ways of teaching reading and power-packs it into a fun, whimsical instruction manual that works for little humans too. 

    Poor Mama Slug is at her anntena's end when she discovers her little one's reading dilemma.  Enter the hero of the story.  A wise boy steps into the picture and instructs both Mama and Junior the right way to learn to read.  He has very practical advice as how to do so, starting by labelling junior's favourite things. He states that you must point junior (literally - oh for gosh sake prop that kid up so he can see the book) and then point out words to him that repeat throughout the story.  Next you help him sound out words that he is having trouble with, (but better still, in my opinion, just give the poor guy the unfamiliar words and have him repeat them back to you instantly which is the best method for sure).  And just for tactile, fun and variety, have him underline his favourite words in slug slime.  Sub-slime...oops I mean sublime!  Find books for him to read that interest him and that he can relate to and get excited about . The boy brings him books like, "Go Slug, Go!", "The Slug in the Hat" and an all time favourite in the slug-world -  a modern version of "Little Miss Muffet," where the villain is not a spider but..... yep, you guessed it....a slug!  Who could resist reading those aloud to your sluggard baby. The boy emphasizes to Mama that she needs patience, as reading is a process, and takes time.  The overall message stresses the importance of reading together with your child and helping your child become a successful, lifelong reader.  I loved the book, especially the illustrations.  The pictures are clever, witty and cartoonish.  David Slonium has made the book characters endearing and expressive and I love the colour pallet he chose.  I know your child will delight in this book and be inspired by the thought - if a slug can read.... then so can I.... easy peasy!  Next book please Mama Slug! Move over because I'm going to read it to you!!!!

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