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A little boy explains to Mama Slug how to teach Little Slug to read. Here are a few of his reading rules: Attach labels to Little Slug’s favorite things; Read out loud to him; Point out words that repeat; Sound out words; Make a vocabulary list; Be patient! And, of course, it helps if Little Slug can see the book, so prop it up and set him on a rock! David Slonim’s hilarious acrylic and charcoal illustrations and Susan Pearson’s witty text show that reading can be fun!
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This is a fun book. My daughter loved the adorable illustrations and the ideas presented are very helpful for kids and parents who are trying to learn to read. My daughter loves it. This is a great book not only for home, for the classroom, as well. I believe this is one book that is an excellent gift for early birthdays (it's never too early to start learning to read!).
This amazing little book takes all the practical ways of teaching reading and power-packs it into a fun, whimsical instruction manual that works for little humans too. Poor Mama Slug is at her anntena's end when she discovers her little one's reading dilemma. Enter the hero of the story. A wise boy steps into the picture and instructs both Mama and Junior the right way to learn to read. He has very practical advice as how to do so, starting by labelling junior's favourite things. He states that you must point junior (literally - oh for gosh sake prop that kid up so he can see the book) and then point out words to him that repeat throughout the story. Next you help him sound out words that he is having trouble with, (but better still, in my opinion, just give the poor guy the unfamiliar words and have him repeat them back to you instantly which is the best method for sure). And just for tactile, fun and variety, have him underline his favourite words in slug slime. Sub-slime...oops I mean sublime! Find books for him to read that interest him and that he can relate to and get excited about . The boy brings him books like, "Go Slug, Go!", "The Slug in the Hat" and an all time favourite in the slug-world - a modern version of "Little Miss Muffet," where the villain is not a spider but..... yep, you guessed it....a slug! Who could resist reading those aloud to your sluggard baby. The boy emphasizes to Mama that she needs patience, as reading is a process, and takes time. The overall message stresses the importance of reading together with your child and helping your child become a successful, lifelong reader. I loved the book, especially the illustrations. The pictures are clever, witty and cartoonish. David Slonium has made the book characters endearing and expressive and I love the colour pallet he chose. I know your child will delight in this book and be inspired by the thought - if a slug can read.... then so can I.... easy peasy! Next book please Mama Slug! Move over because I'm going to read it to you!!!!