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The Caterpillar
ISBN: 9780764132865
Author: Schmauss, Judy Kentor/ Collier, Mary (ILT)
Publisher: Barrons Juveniles
Published: April 2006
Retail: $4.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: (back cover)
Learn the sound: read the word. Educators and parents know that a phonics-based approach to reading works. Each Barron's Reader's Clubhouse book emphasizes one vowel sound or combination to build young readers' skills and confidence.
Two nine-book sets help kids progress from easier to more advanced reading
5 books cover a single" short-vowel sound"
4 more books put all the sounds together
5 books cover a single" long-vowel sound"
4 more books put all the sounds together
Fun" fiction" titles feature lively illustrations and a brief activity that relates to the story
High-interest" nonfiction" titles are illustrated with photos, and include plenty of "fun facts"
" Kids, Parents, and Teachers..."
Go to www.barronsclubhouse.com for puzzles, activities, reading tips, games, classroom ideas, and information on joining" Barron's Reader's Clubhouse."
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Readers
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Insects, Spiders, Etc.
Library of Congress Subjects:
Caterpillars; Fiction.
Butterflies; Fiction.
Metamorphosis; Fiction.
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2005054862
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Reader's Clubhouse Level 1 Reader
Book type: Easy Fiction
Target Grade: Preschool
Grade level: Preschool
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 6.00" W
Bargain Category: Animals, Early Elementary, Leveled Readers, Reference, Science
Grade level(s): Kindergarten, 1st
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
This is volume five, Reading Level 1, in a comprehensive program (Reading Levels 1 and 2) for beginning readers.Two nine-book sets teach reading to children from preschool to grades K and 1, emphasizing phonics while also presenting a lively and engaging collection of facts and stories to make kids' reading experiences enjoyable. Each title emphasizes one phonics family, the first five books in each set focusing on one vowel sound, and the remaining four books combining some vowel sounds or reviewing them all. Short vowel families are covered in Level 1 readers and long vowel families in Level 2 books. Fiction titles feature attractive illustrations and have story themes ranging from funny to serious. Each fiction title also suggests a brief activity that allows kids to interact with the book's subject matter. Nonfiction titles are photo illustrated, and include "Fun Facts" to enrich children's reading experiences. The nonfiction books contain the basic elements of a nonfiction book, including glossary and index. They also suggest web sites appropriate to kids' interests where more information about each book's subject is offered. Both fiction and nonfiction titles contain word lists that group each book's words into "decodable" words--those containing the book's main vowel sound, which the book is either teaching or reviewing. Word lists also include high-frequency words and challenging words included in the main text. All books present a letter to parents and teachers explaining the fundamental concepts underlying both the series and the specific title. Level 1 readers are designed for classroom or home schooling use in preschool and kindergarten, and Level 2 readers for kindergartenand grade 1. "The Caterpillar" is a story that covers the "short u" sound.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 November)

K-Gr 1 These books attempt to give beginning readers easy text and simple story lines to practice their phonics and reading skills. In that respect, they are successful. However, the stories are pretty predictable and boring. Any child familiar with Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Philomel, 1981) will find Schmauss's book totally uninteresting. There are better pieces of literature on ants, as well. Each title includes a diagram of the featured insect with parts clearly indicated; a Fun Facts page, which has a higher reading level than the actual story; and a craft that can be found in many children's cookbooks and/or nature-related activity books. This is the type of book that kids consider school reading but not real reading. If teachers are looking for some practice texts, they might suffice, but they are not suitable for library collections. Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI

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