According to the inside page from this Orange Level reader from the "Read It!" reading series, these books are for "readers just starting on the amazing road to reading." That road will be even more amazing if there are plenty of trade books paving the way, too. Books like this one, written specifically for the educational market, seem to put target vocabulary words and sentence structures before story and character. Yes, a child will learn to read, but will they love to read? Gus and Grandpa go fishing. When they get to the lake, Grandpa tells Gus to check the tackle. "What's tackle?" Gus asks. "Things such as fishing poles, fishing line, hooks, and bait are tackle," Grandpa replies. One can imagine what the first question on the vocabulary worksheet will be. Also, why is Gus in charge of the tackle when he doesn't know what tackle is? But on the reader goes, perhaps not as distracted as this reader was, as Gus and Grandpa manage to create a fishing pole out of a stick, string, chewing gum, a safety pin, and spaghetti—items from Gus's backpack. Although the trip does not turn out as planned, Gus still declares it "The best fishing trip ever!" on the final page.
Jacklyn Williams has published more than 20 books. When she is not writing, she is teaching others the craft. For the past 26 years, she has been an educator, teaching reading and language arts to at-risk middle schoolers. In 1992, Jacklyn received the Margaret Lynch Award. Each year, this award is given to one California educator as an acknowledgment of exemplary service in the promotion of literacy.
Jacklyn Williams has published more than 20 books. When she is not writing, she is teaching others the craft. She has been an educator for the past 26 years, teaching reading and language arts to at risk middle-schoolers.
In 1992, Jacklyn received the Margaret Lynch Award. Each year, this award is given to a single California educator acknowledging them for exemplary service in the promotion of literacy.
When Jacklyn is not writing, she spends her time reading, kayaking, and being the mother of a teen-aged daughter.
Doug Cushman has illustrated more than 100 children's books, 20 or so of which he has written. The inspirations of many stories have been born with a scribbled character in a sketch book or a café napkin.
Among Doug’s many honors, he has gained a place on the New York Times Children’s Best Sellers list and on the 2003 Children’s Literature Choice list. He has received a National Cartoonist’s Society Reuben award and a 2004 Christopher Award for his book illustrations.
Doug is a fan of mystery novels and enjoys cooking, eating, and absorbing French culture and inspiration, as well as a few extra kilos, in his new part-time home in Paris, France.