K-Gr 2-Representing the most basic reading skill stage in the series, these books range from enjoyable to mundane. All have one simple sentence per page, with no more than six words in each one. The strongest of the bunch is Bess, which compares Lucy's two lovable dogs who are exact opposites in personality. The comparison concept is enhanced by the acrylic picture clues. In Kat, the young protagonist names the color of each article of clothing as she gets ready to go outside. The weakest of the lot is Moving Day, which deals with Ben's concern about Grandpa moving. It will take astute and observant readers to sort out the fact that the first house pictured is Grandpa's and that he is moving in with Ben's family. The digital artwork is unappealing, and Ben's mother's facial features are stuck in the gutter. Librarians can pick and choose among the stronger titles.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Susan Blackaby started writing in Mrs. Nichols' third grade class at Green Gables. She didn't think of becoming a writer until she had tried a few other things, including goat milking and weaving.
Over the past 20 years, Susan has written textbooks, workbooks, and readers by the dozen for kids in elementary school. In 2002, her first trade book, Rembrandt's Hat, was named one of the top ten picture books of the year by the Washington Post.
Susan lives in Portland, Oregon, with two people, two labs, and the nicest kitty in the world.