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THE BEST MISTAKE EVER! AND OTHER STORIES (Step Into Reading, Level 3)

Author: Richard Scarry

Illustrator: Richard Scarry

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Publisher: Random House Children's Books,

Material: paperback

Summary: Each of the three stories centers around Huckle the Cat and his friend, Lowly Worm. In the first story, Huckle goes to the grocery store for his mother and brings back all the wrong items, which turns out to be the BEST mistake! The second story involves a mix-up at Mr. Fixit's shop, where the cuckoo clock and the bicycle bell sounds get mixed up. In the third story, Huckle is disappointed by what appears to be his friend ignoring and avoiding him on his birthday, but it all ends in a surprise party for Huckle! This is an easy reader for transitional readers, but it can also be used to read with younger children.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2.5

Age of Child: Read with and by children ages 4 and 6.

Young Reader Reaction: My kids loved the stories in this book. Even my 2-year old enjoyed it, although, I had to paraphrase near the end due to dwindling attention span issues! My 6-year-old is to the point where he can read this to his brothers, and my 4 year old loves to listen to it. Sometimes we read 1 story, sometimes 2, and sometimes all 3. There are 10-15 words per page, and they are simple and somewhat repetitive, with some longer words like "wonderful," "presents," and "whispered."

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked this book because it was interesting and challenging without being too challenging. It also touched on themes of friendship and citizenship. The pictures are classic Richard Scarry, which makes them fun and action-packed.

Pros: The stories in this easy reader will appeal to younger listening audiences. It has a good mix of words without being too hard. Challenging enough for young beginning readers to give them confidence to keep going and try new words.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Especially if you have multiple kids or even just a young child not yet ready to read. This is one that you will enjoy reading with a 4 year old and then listen to your first or second grader read it! A good tool to learn to read.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ABE LINCOLN'S HAT (Step Into Reading)   ARE YOU READY TO PLAY OUTSIDE (An Elephant and Piggie Book)   COWGIRL KATE AND COCOA: HORSE IN THE HOUSE

Educational Themes: This is primarily a book for helping new readers, but there are themes that you can draw out, and the stories are such that you can ask questions like "what do you think will happen" and help kids practice prediction.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer donated this book from her personal library. It will be passed on to a reader in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, easy reader series, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2012

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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