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Riley Flies a Kite

Riley Flies a Kite

by Susan Blackaby, Matthew Skeens (Illustrator)

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After trying to fly his kite in different places, Riley finally finds the perfect spot.


After trying to fly his kite in different places, Riley finally finds the perfect spot.

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Children's Literature
Riley makes a red paper kite and tries to fly it. After several failed attempts, Riley determines that he needs a place without trees and a breeze; he determines the perfect place to fly the kite is the school's football field. The illustrations by Matthew Skeens have the look and feel of a computer-generated cartoon and they add some humor to a rather slow-moving story. Riley's dad enters the story but he does not seem to be very involved. Riley has to solve a problem but it is unclear how he solves his problem. The story does not take advantage of repeating earlier elements in the story--the description of the kite or the places that were not right for the kite to fly. This story is part of a series called "Read-It! Readers," which is designed for children that are just beginning to read. The book is from the red level, which "presents familiar topics using common words and repeating sentence patterns." If teachers or parents want a good series of titles for beginning readers, the "I Can Read" series has better written and better illustrated titles. 2005, Picture Window Books, Ages 3 to 5.
—Elizabeth Fronk

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Read-It! Readers Series
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
6 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Newell DePalma's illustrations have appeared in newspapers, books, and magazines. Some of her assignments have involved drawing giraffes, cans of shrimp, mice, matchsticks, and pork chops. The Strange Egg is the first children's book that she has both written and illustrated. She lives in Boston with her husband and their two children.

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