When a new student rolls into the kindergarten class, the kids do not quite know what to make of his wheelchair. It does not take very long to find out that he is the same as the other students in more ways than he is different. He paints and sings and laughs and loves good stories. This brief and brightly-illustrated story reinforces the new skills of early readers. A vocabulary list appears before the story to help introduce several dozen words that will be used repeatedly in the book. Short sentences and detailed pictures tell the story, giving a boost of confidence to even the most reluctant readers. This is a great choice for home practice. The title is part of the "My First Reader" series. 2005, Children's Press/Scholastic, Ages 4 to 7.
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K-Gr 2-These simply written titles will appeal to newly independent readers. In Cake, the birthday girl piles all of her favorite treats together and covers it with blue icing to make her own birthday cake. Result-too blue, too sweet! Mom's is better. In Wheels, a new boy in class is just like everyone else except that he uses a wheelchair to get around. In Ah-Choo, a girl entertains herself while she's home from school with a cold. Each book contains a word list that can be reviewed prior to reading to ensure that children will be successful and not frustrated. The list has compound words, consonant blends, and diphthongs, so some prior reading experience is necessary. However, with one short sentence per page, these titles are good choices for youngsters who are developing word recognition skills. In all three books, colorful cartoon illustrations adequately convey the action described in the pleasant texts.-Laurel L. Iakovakis, Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.