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Author: Susan Pearson

Illustrator: David Slonim

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Publisher: Two Lions, 2011

Material: hard cover

Summary: Follow along with each of the steps as a boy teaches a mother slug how to teach her baby slug to read. The story is built around different ways that you can help a child recognize s/he is reading.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, developing reader

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 7; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2.4

Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 6.

Young Reader Reaction: This is a book my kids asked for again. My daughter (3) really liked this book because of the slugs and the pictures. My son (6) liked that it clearly taught the slug how to read in easy to understand steps. He also loved the pages depicting the covers of books that he owns, but with the words "slug" subbed into the title.

Adult Reader Reaction: I really liked this book. It was funny and engaging for my daughter and my son was able to easily read it himself and understand all of the steps. The slug follows as similar path as my Kindergartner learning how to read, so that made it fun for all of us. My children both enjoyed the book as much as I expected.

Pros: Clever illustrations and step-by-step instructions presented in a fun way make this a nice, easy read for everyone. It helps parents/caregivers understand how to help, but not in a way that is demeaning or bossy.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a book we have read countless times the past month and it never seems to grow old for any of us.


Educational Themes: The story is such that you can bring it to life in your own home. Involve your child in creating labels she can stick to specific items; add magnets to the refrigerator to practice seeing and saying words. Ask him to follow his finger along the page as you read the story. Last but not least, take time to explore the illustrations - how many books can your readers find that they already know?

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.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, literacy, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2015

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