In this Level 1 first reader, Pup and Hound solve the mystery of an abandoned egg.
In Catch a Thief , the two friends suspect Cat of breaking into their piggy bank and, later, of looting the farmer's jewelry box. Pup and Hound trail her all day to gather evidence, but, to their surprise, she is the one who finds the real thief. In Hatch an Egg , Pup finds an egg in the grass and tries to return it to Duck and then to Mother Hen. Both mothers deny ownership, and when the egg eventually hatches, it turns out to be a baby turtle-a new friend for Pup and Hound. Both books have appealing characters and all of the requisites for a successful beginning reader. Plenty of white space, lots of visual clues, and large bold print with a minimum of words on each page are all evident, but these books rise above the average with lively, interesting story lines, a few dashes of suspense, and satisfying conclusions. The simple vocabulary is sprinkled with occasional more challenging words ("hangdog," "disaster," "cufflinks"). Bouncy rhymes add to the fun, and the gentle humor provides some subtle life lessons. Both books are perfect choices for the youngest beginning readers.
Quinby FrankCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Both [new Pup and Hound books are perfect choices for the youngest begining readers.
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