Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Three Little Bears Play All Day

Three Little Bears Play All Day by David Martin. Illustrated by Akemi Gutierrez. 2010. [February 2010] Candlewick. 48 pages.

This book is part of Candlewick's "Brand New Readers" series. It contains four stories: "Three Little Bears Jump", "Three Little Bears Juggle", "Three Little Bears Eat", "and "Three Little Bears Build." The text is simple. The focus here is not complex story-telling. Instead the focus is on providing young readers with books they can read themselves. The text is simple and predictable. The book even gives parents tips on how to help their little ones read.

Here's an example of the text:
Brother Bear jumps.
Brother Bear spins.
Sister Bear jumps.
Sister Bear spins.
Baby Bear jumps.
Baby Bear spins.
Baby Bear spins and spins and spins!
"I'm dizzy," says Baby Bear.
The "Three Little Bears Jump" is the simplest of the four. (Also the least exciting, in my opinion.) But some of the other stories are more complex, a bit more fun too. I especially liked "Three Little Bears Eat."

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

1 comment:

  1. It's really difficult to write with very restricted vocabulary and sentence structure, and still write engaging stories. I think attractive illustrations can help, as can lots of action and sound words. Nice to know Candlewick are catering to real beginners.