Hello Dick. Hello Jane. These familiar figures bring back memories of my early reading experience.
I spent countless hours in my first grade reading circle going through page after never-ending page, following along as Jane instructed Dick to "Look Dick. Look." Look and Look and Look and Look.
It's a wonder that I ever managed to find reading engaging after all those hours of "Look Dick. Look Jane." Well to be fair, there was Sally. Sometimes we got to look with Sally.
I have this lovely standee to remember the days that I spend with this little duo. I actually enjoy this piece of nostalgia so I'll keep the standee. Fortunately, years ago I discarded those painfully repetitive readers. Once I discovered the magic of stories which captured my imagination and engaged my mind there was no going back.
Elephant & Piggie Like Reading
Time to good-and-truly say goodbye to my childhood friends Dick and Jane. Now there are so many excellent choices in books for Early Readers. I love this new series from Disney Hyperion: Elephant & Piggie Like Reading. Each title features an introduction from Mo Willems and concludes with response to the story from Elephant & Piggie. It's a brilliant concept and great new direction for a well-loved series. Students have already loved the covers off of the Elephant & Piggie books. So this seems like a terrific match.
The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat
Now this is what an early reader should look like: a bright cover with crazy cartoon characters: Hippo, Croc, Squirrels. Each is sporting an impressive set of teeth. Why teeth? Because there are cookies. Of course, there should always be cookies.
The what-should-be-simple task of sharing three cookies becomes complicated when the number of friends exceeds three. What to do?
Things get crazy. Things get violent. It becomes a fiasco. (Isn't that just the best word ever?)
Mental machinations will keep readers puzzling and thinking. The only thing better to accompany this book is a plate of homemade cookies.
Who knew that Santat could make learning to read delicious?
We Are Growing by Laurie Keller
In the summer heat, my herb plants are looking a little dilapidated, but they seemed like the perfect background for Laurie Keller's book about grass. Yes, grass. I never suspected that watching grass grow could be fun.
The sound effects start up (in giant bold letters) comencing as each blade began to grow "Boing!" " Ping!" "Bam!" "Zap!"
That's when the competition heats up with each blade of grass attempting to outgrow all the other blades of grass.
Trust me, it's really funny.
How will this contest of blades end? Readers who examine the cover will find a hint.
Great fun with grass.