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Líos en el Lodo/Mud Mess
Líos en el Lodo/Mud Mess
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Líos en el Lodo/Mud Mess

Lots of rain brings bad luck. See which truck ends up stuck! Mucha lluvia trae mala suerte. Comprueba que camión terminará atascado.

Reading LevelGrades PreK-1
Interest LevelGrades PreK-1
Lexile Level110L
Text TypeLiterature: Narrative
PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandBilingual Stone Arch Readers
Page Dimensions6" x 9"
Page Count32
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $22.65 School/Library Price
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Practically Paradise Blog - Diane Chen

"Giving Stone Arch Readers I finally placed a large order for Stone Arch books this week. I say "finally" because I have been intending to get these ordered since last February, but ran out of funds. My order included many Vortex, Shade, and Pathways titles plus additional titles in many of the series where we had only individual titles. The graphic novels we own are always checked out so I knew any new graphic titles would be avidly received. While I was ordering, I had members of the Library Club checking and rechecking my lists against books received, books ordered, books owned, books lost, and books being previewed. They loved debating every title on the list and making sure enough people intended to read it as soon as it was ready. I kept stating, "I'm not going to buy a book that just sits on the shelf unread." They worked so hard on this list that you would have thought they were spending their own funds. Our last recheck involved removing the multiple copies that they kept slipping in. "I know you love Claudia," I'd say, "but we can't purchase 8 copies of the same book right now. Let's get 8 different titles instead." Now that the order is finished, I can go back to reviewing and previewing the elementary titles I've received from Capstone Publishing. Have you seen the new Stone Arch Readers? The publisher's series summary states: Stone Arch Readers take a well-known concept and revived it. This three-level reader series combines fresh story concepts and enticing art. Each level will have it's own look and feel. Sight words and basic sentence structures will keep every level true to its purpose, and a parent letter will keep everyone on track. Stone Arch Readers bring the excitement back to learning to read. One aspect of these that I liked better than some of their competitors was the information on the back of the book showing what makes a title a Level 1, 2, or 3 reader. For example, Level 1 titles have • simple sentences • easy vocabulary • word repetition • red banding Level 2 titles have • longer sentences • higher vocabulary • easy dialogue • turquoise banding Level 3 titles have • full paragraphs • higher word count • high-interest topics • purple banding So many different publishers have brands, levels, and unique terms that I get confused. As a parent and a librarian who taught in elementary for 19 years, I appreciate this simple information on the back of a book. Of course there is information on the reading level (RL) and the Guided Reading Level and each book in the series is color-coded to match the level as I indicated in the bullets above. For level 1 I read Mud Mess by Melinda Melton Crow. Illustrated by Ronnie Rooney. ©2010 ISBN: 9781434216229 $15.99 Total word count: 106 Mud Mess is part of a four-book set on level 1 with the same three truck characters. Other titles include Road Race, Snow Trouble, and Truck Buddies. Simple reading with trucks. Sounds good to me. I do question why it was the dump truck that got stuck in the mud instead of the generic blue truck or green truck. In my experience the dump trucks get stuck LESS often than generic pickup trucks, but I did research and find photos of dump trucks that were stuck and needed bull dozers to push them out. I would buy this level for elementary schools. The illustrations are important to the story and the illustrator has hidden a little bunny on each page for the reader to locate. The level 2 title I received for preview is The Big Catch: A Robot and Rico Story by Anastasia Suen. ©2010 ISBN: 9781434216267 $15.99 Total word count: 318 Robot and Rico have 3 additional titles in their level 2 adventures: Skate Trick, A Prize Inside, and the Scary Night. The dialogue contained in this title sets it apart from level 1. There are more words and usually two sentences on each page. Anastasia Suen has included a variety of punctuation which will help reinforce first grade concepts. I could see two students reading this alo" - Practically Paradise Blog

December 13, 2009

CLCD - Carrie Hane Hung

"The friendship of three trucks is told in this early reader. Each truck takes to the road, going up and down the hills outside of the city. Then, the rain arrives. Unfortunately, Dump Truck gets stuck in the mud and cannot get out of the mud mess. Luckily, his friends Green Truck and Blue Truck come to the rescue. The brightly colored illustrations personify the trucks, with the headlights or windshields drawn as eyes. The simple, clear pictures support the text. The text includes some patterned sentences and high frequency words. The text is one to three lines per page, and these are located consistently at the lower left page of the layout. The plot of the story is simple. There is a white rabbit pictured throughout the story; the rabbit seems to be telling the story about the trucks from his perspective. A note at the beginning of the book provides some helpful tips for parents and caregivers who are supporting early readers. For more stories about the truck pals, there are a few more books available in the “Stone Arch Reader” series." - CLCD

January 1, 2010

Melinda Melton Crow

Melinda Melton Crow

Melinda Melton Crow has been a first grade teacher for 15 years and a Reading Recovery teacher for nine years. She enjoys teaching children to read and getting to know each student and his or her family. When she's not teaching or writing, Melinda enjoys traveling, gardening, and nice summer weather. Melinda has two wonderful boys with her husband, John. They also have two dogs, Buddy and Lucky. She currently lives with in Plymouth, Minnesota.

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