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TIME For Kids: PLANTS! (Science Scoops, Beginning Reader)

Author: Editors Time for Kids

Illustrator: Editors of Time for Kids

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: What are plants? and where will you find them? are the questions that kids can answer after they read this book. It has big text and small sentences to help emerging readers gain confidence and knowledge. This is a series book for beginning readers

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

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 2

Age of Child: Read by a 6½-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter (rising first grader) found this book interesting. She read the first pages just fine, sounding out new words. By the time we reached the halfway mark the first time through, she wanted help.

Adult Reader Reaction: We took two tacts with this one. We would parrot read (we read a sentence then she would repeat, using her "reading finger" to point to words). In subsequent readings, we would partner read, where she would read a page and we would read a page.

Pros: Emerging readers can gain confidence as they recognize plenty of sight words. They'll also gain some great knowledge about plants.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a junior-reader reference book. It's a nice book to add non-fiction and practical information for early readers, but it's better suited to the school, classroom, or public library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TIME For Kids: VOLCANOES! (Science Scoops, Confident Reader)   IN MY BACKYARD   MY LITTLE BOOK OF WHITETAILS

Educational Themes: Kids can easily digest and remember plant facts after sharing this book. Take the book outside and explore different kinds of plants. There are plenty of sight words, but the editors also include lots of repetition for new words to help expand vocabulary.

Notes: Guided Reading Grade Level 1.2 to 1.4

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - science, nature, easy reader series

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2008

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