It is really hard to believe that you could tell an interesting story in only thirty unique words, but the author of this title manages to do it. A young girl tells us that one dog, one stick and one branch are enough. It does seem to be a bit of a stretch when one push on a swing and one seed for the garden are sufficient, and certainly one book could never be enough. After moving indoors, she becomes a solitary cook who bakes a cakea bit lopsided but that is okay, it probably tastes just fine. The book ends with a hug goodnight and the refrain "One is enough for me" which has appeared several times in the text. The art is appealing and emergent readers will have a great sense of accomplishment with this book. A "Rookie Reader" B Level. Included are a word list and brief blurbs about the author and the illustrator. 2005, Children's Press/Scholastic, Ages 3 to 5.
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PreS-Gr 1-These easy readers have three very different story lines, different types of color illustrations, and different purposes. What the books have in common is their mediocre quality. The first title follows a little girl through her day. She has one dog, one push on the swing, one book, one dip in her bubble bottle, etc. She smiles throughout and seems perfectly happy because "One is enough." The clear type and repetition are good for early readers but the plot is nonexistent. Clothes fails because of the unattractive cartoon art that is overcrowded and covered with black smudges. This story follows a little boy who realizes that his clothes need to be washed. He's about six or seven and is doing his laundry while his mom watches. No wonder she smiles at the end. Butter uses silly combinations to highlight compound words. A strongman holds a "light house" in one hand opposite a picture of a lighthouse at night. A polka-dotted dragon with wings illustrates "Dragon flies?" while "Dragonflies" shows unrealistic insects wearing glasses. The illustrations are mundane and most of the compound words show no imagination.-Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.