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Jun 15 2010

Spirals series by various authors

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Evans, 2009.
(Age 6+) This series is brightly illustrated and contains 32 pages of easy to read text ranging from 300 to 500 words. The illustrations complement the words, giving clues for the young reader to follow. I enjoyed all the stories.
Monster in the Garden by Anne Rooney ISBN: 978023753 8897.
When Patrick hears Patrick hears 'Mieuw, Mieuw!' when he is playing in the garden he is convinced that it is a monster. With lots of clues that a young reader can follow to work out what the monster is, this book was an interesting introduction to mystery stories.
George and the dragonfly by Andy Blackford. ISBN 9780237538842.
George is tired of his pet hamster and decides that there are more interesting animals around for a pet. A dragonfly shows him all the fascinating things he can find in his own garden. Catchy dialogue with internal rhymes will make this good to read aloud.
Tuva by Mick Gowar and Tone Eriksen. ISBN: 9780237538859.
This is the story of Tuva, the sledge dog, who pulls sledges through blizzards and ice, even fighting off a polar bear. A verse story with four lines to each stanza, tells the story of Tuva from the time he was a puppy to his old age. The rhythm is good and this would make an easy and interesting first reader.
Wait a Minute, Ruby! by Mary Chapman. ISBN: 9780237538880.
Everyone is too busy for Ruby so she packs her bag and decides to leave home. Amusing illustrations that complement the short text make for an easy read for the newly independent reader.
The King of Kites by Judith Heneghan. ISBN: 9780237538866.
When Anil's mother uses up all the material and sequins for her sewing, Anil is devastated because he has promised 12 kites for the wedding. What can he do? Set in an Indian village this is a lovely tale of co-operation.
Just Custard by Joe Hackett. ISBN:    978023753 8873.
Why will Duncan only eat custard? Any child who has been jealous of a younger sibling and felt ignored will identify with this tale about the baby who dominates the household. Bright illustrations complement the text of this amusing story.
Pat Pledger

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