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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
"Tadpoles" is the name given to this series of early readers which kids can read on their own or with adult assistance. Tips are provided to help enrich the reading experience and make it fun. The fifth point listed is one often overlooked—"Give praise! Children learn best in a positive environment." In each title of the series, on the verso of the title page, there is a photograph or drawing of the author and illustrator with a comment from each. Henry has a puppy, and this is one really big, shaggy dog. So much hair covers his eyes that he really cannot see well. The family tries a couple of simple solutions—ribbons to hold back the dog's hair and a cap. None of them meet with any success. Then they find the perfect solution to fix this dog's mop. The illustrations are really amusing—and look for the cat's expressions as the family tries various solutions. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

These early readers vary in quality. In Leo's New Pet , a little boy's new hamster gets loose before he is given a name. A peanut trail leads him back to his cage, so Leo calls him "Peanut." An appealing story and large, attractive illustrations make this title the best of the bunch. In Crabby Gabby , a little girl has a fit every time someone in the family asks her to help out. To teach her a lesson, they get "crabby" when she asks them to play a game with her. The idea works. "Gabby's not crabby anymore," and she happily pitches in around the house. This is a worthwhile lesson, although problems are not usually resolved so easily. The illustrations add some humor, but send a mixed message. Gabby's parents have big smiles on their faces in two of the tantrum scenes, making it appear as though there is nothing objectionable about her behavior. The third title is a tale about a dog whose shaggy fur covers his eyes. It grows and grows until he is taken to a hairdresser for a "crop top." Children may like the story, but the artwork is amateurish; the characters look stiff and are awkwardly drawn.-Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778738886
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/15/2008
  • Series: Tadpoles
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,424,878
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 250L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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