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I Will Try

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Perseverance (and a little help from a friend) pay off for an aspiring young gymnast in this winning entry in the I Like to Read? series. Ella is in awe of Jan, the star of her gymnastics class. Jan can spin and leap on the balance beam. Can Ella? Her first attempt is a failure, and Ella is ready to give up. But Jan is a star at friendship too; and with her encouragement, Ella tries again?and succeeds! This is the perfect book for girls learning to read. The adorable, leotard-clad young gymnasts fill the pages ...

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Overview

Perseverance (and a little help from a friend) pay off for an aspiring young gymnast in this winning entry in the I Like to Read? series. Ella is in awe of Jan, the star of her gymnastics class. Jan can spin and leap on the balance beam. Can Ella? Her first attempt is a failure, and Ella is ready to give up. But Jan is a star at friendship too; and with her encouragement, Ella tries again?and succeeds! This is the perfect book for girls learning to read. The adorable, leotard-clad young gymnasts fill the pages with action; and the story offers valuable, age-appropriate lessons in kindness, sportsmanship, and how important it is to try, try again.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leah Hanson
Morning begins for Ella with a bowl of cereal, teeth-brushing, and packing her bag. Where is she going? She is off to gymnastics! With encouraging words from her parents, Ella bravely steps into the locker room where she sees Jan—a fellow gymnast who can seemingly do everything. Jan can do the splits, pose, jump, and even spin on the balance beam. Ella looks on admiringly, and wonders, "can I?" She determines to try and gets up on the balance beam, only to fall down almost immediately. As her team looks on, Ella thinks it would be easier to give up. But her idol Jan extends a hand of friendship and comfort, and Ella gets the courage to try again. After a shaky step, Ella executes a perfect move and exclaims, "I did it!" This beginning reader also scores a perfect ten, using the familiar theme of trying something new to move the plot along, introduce conflict, and sketch a believable character. Janovitz's bright pen and ink illustrations convey much of the emotion behind the story, and her bobble-head type characters are loveable at first glance. I Will Try is a perfect blend of reading practice and a lesson on the importance of never giving up. Reviewer: Leah Hanson
School Library Journal
PreS-K—The monosyllabic writing in this picture book is painfully stilted and reminiscent of the old "Dick and Jane" series that bored generations of beginning readers. The pen-and-ink, digitally colored illustrations feature cutsey moppets with oversize heads and vacant eyes. A little girl goes to a gymnastics class, falls off the balance beam, is encouraged to try again, and is successful on the second attempt. There is nothing here to encourage a second reading, and the first will quickly be forgotten. Better books for emergent readers abound, including the classic "I Can Read" titles (HarperCollins), and the newly repackaged ones by Bill Martin and Eric Carle in the "My First Reader" series (Holt).—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
This girl is ready for a challenge! In this new addition to the I Like to Read picture-book series for emergent readers, a girl is determined to learn gymnastics. Colorful, digitally enhanced pen-and-ink illustrations show her nervousness as she prepares for her first try at the gym, while simple text, closely aligned with the illustrations, describes the experience from a child's point of view. As with others in the series, the story itself consists of an uncomplicated plot, short sentences, accessible vocabulary and generous repetition, making this a fine choice for beginning readers. Oddly, there are no teachers or coaches visible at the gym, but children will identify with the girl's admiration for another gymnast who encourages her and inspires her to try again when she falls. The energetic, multicultural girls are lively and appealing, and the narrator's initial attempts at gymnastics nicely mirror a young reader's early efforts at reading, emphasize the necessity of perseverance and include the appropriate thank you. While the story itself is somewhat minimal, it is intentionally so, allowing new or struggling readers to focus on the basics and achieve success. This cheery selection will bring feelings of accomplishment and security to new readers and budding gymnasts alike. (Picture book/early reader. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823427567
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Series: I Like to Read ® Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 588,591
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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