We Read Phonics: Robot Man

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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Parents are encouraged to help their children learn to read through the use of techniques and games appearing in the beginning and at the end of the book. Three specific vowel sounds (long "e", "o", and "u") and two consonant sounds (soft "c" and "g") are introduced with suggestions for practice. The Parent's Introduction page provides suggestions for word play, pre-reading activities, discussions, and rereading. Two more beginning pages supply directions for making and playing two games: Alphabet Soup and Memory. The simple story appears with cartoonlike illustrations at the top of each page and one or two lines of rhyming text at the bottom. A young boy list the jobs that he and his dad are responsible for including such things as pulling weeds, cleaning the sink, and tossing the trash. These overworked males spot an ad for a space-age robot man in a kit and train him to do their chores. Their lives of leisure came to an abrupt end, however, when the robot falls while repairing the roof and goes out of whack. Mom makes them send him back. Two more phonics games, Word Cross and Rhyming Words, appear after the story. This book is apparently intended for parents involved in home schooling. "We Read Phonics Book Level 4," series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—In If I Had a Snake, Bruce contemplates all the things he could do with a pet snake. I Do Not Like Greens! is a rather disturbing account of the contrasting diets of a girl and her dog. While she is forced to eat healthy food, her dog eats junk food day in and day out. The result: "That junk makes her sick/and makes her so weak…but with all my greens,/I run like a streak." In Robot Man, a boy and his father build a Robot Servant to help them around the house. When it gets out of control and puts the moves on Mom, it's disassemble time. This series is designed for use as a home-learning tool. The books include a parent introduction to phonics, suggestions for discussing and reading together, and rhyming and word-family games to play before and after reading. Each title is leveled, focusing on introducing specific vowel and consonant sounds. Often, the story is sacrificed for the rhyme, making the plots seem disjointed and a bit strange. If I Had a Snake is reminiscent of the old "Dick and Jane" primers. Of the two illustrators, Ebbeler does a better job of adding some visual delight to the books. However, these are basically mediocre offerings; their value might be in the supplemental information for parents.—Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601153296
  • Publisher: Treasure Bay, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,426,987
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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