From the Publisher
Praise for Harcourt's Green Light Readers:
"A must-have for any family with a beginning reader."--Boston Sunday Herald
"You can't go wrong with adding several copies of these terrific books to your beginning-to-read collection."--School Library Journal
"A winner for the beginner."--Booklist
This Level 2 title in Harcourt's "Green Light Readers" seriesaimed at the reader who is ready to GOfeatures a lively story about a boy and his robot, Cecil. Cecil can do lots of things: play tag with the kids at school, lead the school band, tidy up a bedroom, and bake a fantastic birthday cake, among many other things. But there is one thing Cecil does better than all these useful, fun things and that is, namely, being a boy's best friend. The bright, cheerful and charming illustrations by Fehlau take their cue from pointillismthey are fabulous! The pictures give life to all the funny possibilities presented in the text's scenarios and do this using a unique sort of 'robot cam' viewpoint. This hardcover book with reinforced binding will withstand repeated page turning and would be a nice addition to any home, library, or classroom bookshelves because the theme of this story will appeal to lots of kids. After all, who wouldn't want to have a robot of their very own? The book features a few extras: craft activity related to the story, along with some helpful tips for adults wishing to help their children to become a better reader. A winner for beginning readers! 2006, Harcourt, and Ages 5 to 7.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-In the first title, a versatile birthday gift plays games, performs tricks, bakes, and cleans. But with each activity, the child narrator indicates that this "is not the best thing my robot can do." That refrain will have readers turning the pages of simple text just to discover the robot's most valued trait-friendship. A picnic story that is perfect fare for first-grade readers, Pond is about two friends whose outing is delayed when one doesn't feel well. Fortunately, Tess Tiger's umbrella and fan help Herbert Hippo cool off. She volunteers to go back for the picnic basket that he has forgotten. Returning with lunch in hand, she has a momentary fright when Herbert appears to be missing. But he's merely taking a dip and emerges from the water with an endearing big-toothed grin. Both titles have sufficient white space, illustrations that are pleasingly playful, and a craft activity. Nice additions for the easy-reader shelves.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.