Tackling the job of learning to read is a joint effort between adults and young children. Making sure that the right books are placed into the hands of the early reader can make all the difference. This level one beginning to read picture book is one of those perfect books to achieve that goal. Gary, a young lizard, wakes to find that it is the first day at school. The excitement leaps off the page as Gary gets dressed, has breakfast and goes off to the school bus. So many choices to make: What will he wear? What will he pack in his lunch? Young children will easily be able to connect with Gary and how he is feeling. Gary is faced with the same experiences that many children reading his story may also have faced. This 88 word early reader is written using basic sight vocabulary with a very simple sentence format, a basic one line of text per page. The brightly colored, full page illustrations are detailed and offer multiple opportunities to expand vocabulary and encourage discussion. Parents and guardians are given a short introduction with suggestions addressing how beginning books can be used to expand and develop literacy. The adult is encouraged to see that time spend reading with a child is an investment in that child's future life as a reader. A high success, feel good about reading kind of book that will draw even the most reluctant readers to open the front cover and have a look. A small book, perfect for small hands. Other titles in this series include, Little Lizard's Big Party, Little Lizard's New Bike and Little Lizard's Family Fun. Reviewer: Kathy Leggett
Melinda Melton Crow has been a first grade teacher for 15 years and a Reading Recovery teacher for nine years. She enjoys teaching children to read and getting to know each student and his or her family.
When she's not teaching or writing, Melinda enjoys traveling, gardening, and nice summer weather. Melinda has two wonderful boys with her husband, John. They also have two dogs, Buddy and Lucky. She currently lives with in Plymouth, Minnesota.