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Publisher: Harper, an Imprint of Harpercollins Publishers, 2012
Material: hard cover
Summary: Emma is in a relay race, and Dixie is there to cheer her on. It is hard for Dixie to sit still when the girls run by with the stick! Dixie cheers for Emma - so loudly that Emma falls and drops the baton. Oh, no! Who will finish the race? This is an early reader about the friendship between a girl and her dog.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, easy reader
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 4 to 7
Reading Level: 1.3
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a cute story, and the first time you read it, you get as antsy as Dixie. The author does a great job building the story with action and a bit of suspense, yet repeating sight words consistently enough to help readers keep going.
Pros: Young readers will cheer for Emma and Dixie in this beginning reader.
Cons: Although a small point, it bugged me that Dixie won the race. In reality, the team would be disqualified. You don't need to end on a down note, but you don't need to be unrealistic, either.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is an engaging story for developing readers. However, your child will grow out of it quickly.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.