Late Nate in a Race: An I Like to Read Book

Overview

New readers will empathize with the endearing mouse in this easy-to-read story by award-winning author-illustrator Emily Arnold McCully.

The race is today. Jake, Jane, Mom, and Dad are ready to leave. Nate likes to go slow. At the park, Nate doesn?t even want to race. But with Mom's encouragement, Nate enters the race and wins. It turns out that sometimes Nate likes to go slow. And sometimes he likes to go fast!

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Overview

New readers will empathize with the endearing mouse in this easy-to-read story by award-winning author-illustrator Emily Arnold McCully.

The race is today. Jake, Jane, Mom, and Dad are ready to leave. Nate likes to go slow. At the park, Nate doesn?t even want to race. But with Mom's encouragement, Nate enters the race and wins. It turns out that sometimes Nate likes to go slow. And sometimes he likes to go fast!

Children will enjoy reading, in both words and pictures, about this loving relationship between a mother and a son; they will relate to Nate's fears and applaud his courage to try something new. Easy vocabulary, phonics practice, and, most important of all, a great story and the highest quality art make this book essential for every new reader's bookshelf.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Mom, Dad, Jake, and Jane are excited about the upcoming race. Nate is not. He is still sleeping while the others eat breakfast. Dad calls for Nate to get up as Mom puts jackets on Jake and Jane. Nate finally arises, but is slow in eating and keeps the others waiting, causing fear of arriving late. A clock on the kitchen wall attests to the length of Nate's dawdling. When they arrive, Mom has trouble convincing Nate to enter the race. Nate resists. He likes to go slow. Finally, he agrees, but fails to take off at the signal. Mom yells, "Go, Nate!" and Nate runs. He zips past everyone and wins the race. Nate decides he likes to go fast and slow. The illustrations feature Nate's family as endearing mice. Other animals in human attire and roles appear at the race. Much of the humor and appeal of the book resides in the pictures which express the essence of the storyline in comical ways. A fun beginning reader in picture book format that is part of the "I Like to Read" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Nate, a young mouse, is the slowest one in his family, and he is still asleep the morning everyone else is dressed and ready to leave for the race. "'You race, too,' Mom says to Nate…. 'No, I like to go slow.'" However, when the flag drops, he zips down the road with great determination and easily wins the prize. The narrative moves along briskly to a satisfying ending: "Nate likes to go slow—and fast." Attractive pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations feature lively animals that burst with personality. This straightforward story offers an enjoyable read-alone opportunity and a broad message: don't pigeonhole children.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
Kirkus Reviews
McCully's beginning reader demonstrates that it takes more than words to make a story. This is a tale of good intentions. Both the artwork, with its wobbly pen lines and disarming characterizations, and a measure of the wordplay speak volumes about welcoming new readers. The words are accessible, the rhymes provide flow and the near-rhymes--"‘Eat up, Nate,' say Jane and Jake"--are one of those little delights that snag the reader's ear. But there is also atonality reminiscent of Dick, Jane and Sally. "The race is today. Mom, Dad, Jake, and Jane are here. Nate is not. He is slow. / It is late. Nate is still not here." Storywise, okay, Nate the mouse is slow, and so be it. He even has a Thoreauvian moment when, as his mother prods him to enter the race, he says, "No. I like to go slow." But he is never allowed to beat that drum, as his mother pushes him to the starting line. Nate, who has shown not a wink of flash, blows by everyone and wins the race by yards. What gives? Did a cat unexpectedly enter the precincts? Did fear give him sudden instincts of skill? Was it steroids? No reason is forthcoming. Once readers have tackled the words, this story deflates with alarming celerity. (Picture book/early reader. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823424214
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2012
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 995,705
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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