Little Lizard's New Pet


Gary the lizard is ready for his first pet. He looks at a dog, a cat, and a fish. What pet will his parents let him bring home?

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Gary the lizard is ready for his first pet. He looks at a dog, a cat, and a fish. What pet will his parents let him bring home?

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—This beginning reader follows Gary Lizard as he goes with his parents to pick out his first pet. A dog and cat are both deemed too big, but a fish is just right. The text is comprised of easy sight words and simple sentences. The illustrations are just as basic as the story, offering visual cues to the vocabulary with few extraneous details. The story has little to set itself apart from the crowd of books just like it. Emma Dodd's What Pet to Get (Scholastic, 2008) has more visual interest and humor, and Mo Willems's "Elephant & Piggie" books (Hyperion) show how stories solely reliant on sight words don't have to be devoid of creativity.—Sarah Townsend, Norfolk Public Library, VA
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Gary Lizard wants a pet. Mom and Dad take him to a pet store. First, he wants a dog but a dog is too big. The cat he likes is also too big. Next they look at the fishes. A fish is not too big. Gary is excited. He chooses a little fish. The clerk puts the fish in a plastic bag for Gary to take home. The colorful illustrations are clear and uncluttered. Gary, Mom, and Dad are dressed in the same clothing throughout the series, perhaps for character recognition. This Level 1 reader tells its story in exactly 95 words, most of which are frequent repetitions of the same words, apparently to build sight vocabulary. The first page of the book contains a note to parents and caregivers with suggestions for reading with young children and a reminder that reading together should be fun. This book could be useful for instruction as a beginning reader, but it is doubtful that children will return to it on their own due to the bland text and illustrations that look much the same from page to page and book to book. "Stone Arch Readers" series, Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434230492
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Pages: 31
  • Sales rank: 783,711
  • Age range: 5 years
  • Lexile: 10L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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