The "Rookie Reader" series has been around for years and this is a new subseries entitled "Rookie Read to Learn: Animals." In a very simple story, Lara Ladybug discovers that she has lost her spots. Where in the world can they be? Lara looked in her garden, but they were not there. How about by the lake—well they are not there either. Perhaps under the tree—what a surprise when she actually does find her spots. The illustrations are delightful collage creation with plenty of color and offer an opportunity for caregiver and child to discuss what is displayed on each page. After the story is finished there is a brief blurb about the author and illustrator followed by pages of activities. They include a sing-along to a familiar tune, a set of pictures to identify the differences, an exercise in counting, a maze game and an activity using a potato to make a print. The final page contains a list of the 29 words that make up the story. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-These three offerings vary in quality. In Cori, a girl needs braces-"Her teeth were not very crooked,/but they were not very straight." She is apprehensive at first, but everyone loves her braces in the end and the story is wrapped up quickly. The art is unattractive, with the characters looking distorted. Also, the audience for this book is generally too young for braces. Lara is the most engaging of the titles. Collage illustrations in bright colors feature a wide-eyed ladybug searching for her spots. "Lara Ladybug lost her spots./Where can they be?/Did she leave them in her garden?/Let's see." Eventually she finds them, "One Two Three." Work is average in quality with pale cartoon illustrations of people doing various jobs. The text reads like a rhyming list: "People work in inside places./People work in outside spaces." At the end a girl wonders, "Are things I do at school and play.../like work that I may do someday?"-Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.