Gary the lizard goes with his parents to buy a new bike.
Children's Literature - Kathy LeggettTackling 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, finds that buying a new bike is a real dilemma. The yellow bike is just too big and the blue bike is just too small, what will he do? So many choices to make. Young children will easily be able to connect with Gary's problem. Gary is faced with the same decision that many children reading his story may also have faced. This 103 word early reader is written using basic sight vocabulary with a very simple sentence format, a basic one line of text per page. The bright, colorful illustrations are detailed and offer multiple opportunities to expand vocabulary and encourage discussion. Parents and guardians are given a short introduction with suggestions relating how beginning reading 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 First Day and Little Lizard's Family Fun. Reviewer: Kathy Leggett
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