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Summary: Piggie has a new toy and is happy to share it with Gerald. When Gerald drops it, the toy breaks in two, and Piggie is very angry. When Squirrel shows them that is a break-and-snap toy, Piggie is embarrassed. Then Gerald gets mad. Is a toy more important than friendship? This is an early reader story that helps kids practice reading ... and learn about friendship, too.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 1.6
Age of Child: Read by 7-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter jumped at the chance to read this book. The colored word clouds and varied type sizes made it easy for her to add different voices and express emotion like we do when we read to her.
Adult Reader Reaction: The Elephant and Piggie books are enjoyable to read. It's great to see our new reader excited about picking up books and feeling confident when she reads them.
Pros: Everyone can enjoy this story about sharing, friendship, and feelings. Simple illustrations and basic, repetitive text make this a perfect book for emerging readers.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. The Elephant & Piggie series are books that are wonderful for toddlers who are learning about life, and they'll still be a favorite when they can read it themselves.
Educational Themes: The simple lessons on friendship, accidents, feelings, and sharing are easily revealed in this story. Pre-readers will enjoy the illustrations and emerging readers will love the chance to read for themselves.
Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 1.6 I Love My New Toy won a 2009 Golden Kite Award (an SCBWI award voted on by peers)