Gary Lizard's shoes have holes in the soles. Gary, Mom, and Dad go to the shoe store. Gary looks at blue shoes; he looks at orange shoes; he looks at green shoes. His dad lets him choose. Gary likes the orange shoes best. He can run fast and jump high in the orange shoes. His parents buy the orange shoes. Gary runs and jumps all the way 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 due to the bland text and illustrations that look much the same from page to page and book to book, it is doubtful that children will return to it on their own. Part of the "Stone Arch Readers" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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.