The illustrations and text in this story are highly engaging, featuring a main character and the sequence of events as he prepares for a competition at school.
This book features illustrations that readers use to interpret information in the text and identify characters and setting. Readers can identify the sequence of events from the text.
The mayor wants a community park and safe playground for the children. She enlists a group of kids to join her in asking one of the citizens to donate some of his land. When he agrees, he joins all the families and friends who set out to build swings, benches, gardens, and a fountain. There is excitement and a sense of purpose to build the park for all to enjoy. The whole town comes together to create a beautiful park and celebrate with a grand picnic and beautiful fireworks when the job is done. The narrative text builds line by line and page by page, using repetition and imagery to create a charming story for young readers. Vocabulary recognition and matching pictures to the text help readers gain confidence in both comprehension skills and predicting a sequence of events. The artwork in this book is superb. Definitely worth noting is the bird in the birdbath doing the backstroke! Also, there are birds in every spread that add to the experience. The first page has one and then every spread thereafter adds a bird! Try to find them all on each spread! Also, try and find the worm in every image. Lastly, the end sheets can be used for visual searches. Find the items in the book! A great, fun book!
Learn about the sound of long A, as Amy gets ready for her big day: a race around the lake!
Learn about the sound of the short A, as Anna learns to tap dance with her teacher Miss Alice.
Learn about the sound of the letter M, as Max receives a book about the moon in the mail and reads it with his mother.
Learn about the sound of the letter N, as Ned has his first sleepover with his neighbor Nick.