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SHARK IN THE PARK (Usborne Easy Words to Read)

Author: Phil Roxbee Cox

Illustrator: Stephen Cartwright

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Publisher: Usborne Publishing Limited,

Material: paperback

Summary: Pup is having fun in the park. That is, until he spots a shark. He gathers all of his friends and they head over to the lake to see the shark for themselves. Could it be true? This lift-the-flap book helps emerging readers with sight words.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 6

Reading Level: 1

Age of Child: Started reading with 6-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our child asked for this book several times. Although s/he is an emerging reader, s/he preferred to listen and watch our fingers as we read.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story is cute, and not wholly predictable (at least the first time). It has a Chicken Little quality to it. I like the collection of words and the way they work together to reinforce sounds.

Pros: Kids will enjoy this humorous story and never realize how much they are improving their reading skills. The story has just enough text to make it hard to "memorize" every word ... so some reading is required.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book your child will likely master in a couple of sittings.


Educational Themes: Although the focus of the book is about helping kids read, you can still move beyond the words to talk about the events. The book has a Chicken Little sense to it, so you can talk about checking your facts, being careful about scaring people, and also how to report a true emergency.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, easy reader, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2008

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