Children's LiteratureIf you have a monster for a friend, hopefully it is well-mannered! This idea works well in this selection from the "We Both Read" series. The series consists of leveled readers from levels K through 2. The workable format is one that balances a left-hand page written for an adult or good reader with a facing page geared to be read by a student reader. The student page consists of large-print words that move the story forward in a fun way. This specific tale focuses on Pat and her monster friend Matt. They share many activities throughout the day. Some are jumping rope, playing ball, helping Mom, safely crossing the street, and greeting the mailman. The adults they meet are surprised to see Matt at first, but they come away knowing that Matt is a very polite monster. Areas that are emphasized include sharing, helping, keeping a promise, safety, taking turns, being a good listener, and correctly using "Please" and "Thank You." This is a fun read that allows learning to be enjoyable. The entire text is backed up with excellent, silly illustrations. The publisher's Web site (www.webothread.com) offers plenty of positive feedback from educators and reading specialists. 2006, Treasure Bay, and Ages 5 to 8.
Nancy Garhan Attebury