Black Beauty: The Greatest Horse Story Ever Told (DK Classic Readers Level 4, Grades 2-4)
by Anna Sewell
Paperback from Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc.
Travel with Black Beauty as he overcomes the harsh life of a carriage horse to rejoin his beloved owners in this retelling of the Anna Sewell classic.
This Dorling Kindersley Classic Reader combines evocative illustrations and stunning photographs with one of the greatest stories of children's literature, adapted and retold for today's young people. This delightful book will capture and hold children's interest while developing their reading skills and deepening their appreciation of this timeless tale. Follow Black Beauty's remarkable story -- and discover what a horse's life was really like in Victorian times. These 48-page books about fascinating subjects like pirates, mummies, and volcanoes are for proficient readers who can understand a rich vocabulary and challenging sentence structure. In addition to the stunning photographs, informative sidebars, and glossary, readers will find archival photographs and paintings. Averaging 4,500 to 5,000 words in length, Level 4 books are 40 percent pictures and 40 percent text. The Dorling Kindersley Readers combine an enticing visual layout with high-interest, easy-to-read stories to captivate and delight young bookworms who are just getting started. Written by leading children's authors and compiled in consultation with literacy experts, these engaging books build reader confidence along with a lifelong appreciation for nonfiction, classic stories, and biographies. There is a DK Reader to interest every child at every level, from preschool to grade 4.
"A horse is a horse of course unless of course the horse is Black Beauty. Animal-loving children have been devoted to Black Beauty throughout this century, and no doubt will continue through the next. Although Anna Sewell's classic paints a clear picture of turn-of-the-century London, its message is universal and timeless: animals will serve humans well if they are treated with consideration and kindness.
Black Beauty tells the story of the horse's own long and varied life, from a well-born colt in a pleasant meadow to an elegant carriage horse for a gentleman to a painfully overworked cab horse. Throughout, Sewell rails--in a gentle, 19th-century way--against animal maltreatment. Young readers will follow Black Beauty's fortunes, good and bad, with gentle masters as well as cruel. Children can easily make the leap from horse-human relationships to human-human relationships, and begin to understand how their own consideration of others may be a benefit to all. (Ages 9 to 12)"
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
by Bill Martin
Paperback from Penguin Books Ltd (UK)
Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers
by Bobby Lynn Maslen
Paperback from Scholastic
Teach a child letter sounds with Bob Books Set 1! With four letters in the first story, children can read a whole book. Consistent new sounds are added gradually, until young readers have read books with all letters of the alphabet (except Q). Short vowels and three-letter words in simple sentences make Bob Books Set 1 a fun confidence builder. With little books, come big success. (TM)
Bob Books Set 2-Advancing Beginners
by Bobby Lynn Maslen
Paperback from Scholastic Paperbacks
Bob Books Set 2-Advancing Beginners continues to build reading skills. Use of three-letter words and consistent vowel sounds in slightly longer stories build confidence. Children love the hilarious (and sometimes mischievous) stories and pictures. These twelve books, filled with fun, drama, and surprise keep interest high for even the youngest readers.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Colour and Draw Book (Film Tie in Colour & Draw Book)
by Roald Dahl
Paperback from Ladybird Books
A black and white colour and draw book for the film tie-in. Draw yourself into the magical Inventing Room, design your favourite sweets, help the Oompa-Loompas fish for chocolate in the chocolate river and take a ride on the great glass elevator in this fabulous book that provides hours of creative fun.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, along with Roald Dahl's other tales for younger readers, make him a true star of children's literature. Dahl seems to know just how far to go with his oddball fantasies; in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for example, nasty Violet Beauregarde blows up into a blueberry from sneaking forbidden chewing gum, and bratty Augustus Gloop is carried away on the river of chocolate he wouldn't resist. In fact, all manner of disasters can happen to the most obnoxiously deserving of children because Dahl portrays each incident with such resourcefulness and humor.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a singular delight, crammed with mad fantasy, childhood justice and revenge, and as much candy as you can eat. The book is also available in Spanish (Charlie y la Fabrica de Chocolate). (The suggested age range for this book is 9-12, but nobody this reviewer has met can resist it, including New York City bellhops, flight attendants, and grumpy teenagers.)
Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No. 1)
by Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca
Paperback from Random House Books for Young Readers
Media Published: 1992-07-28
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series--the Magic Tree House!
Where did the tree house come from?
Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark . . . or will they become a dinosaur's dinner?
Visit the Magic Tree House website!
My Big Animal Book
Hardcover from PRIDDY BICKNELL
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