Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Dear Dragon Goes to the Library - a bookwrap


Authored by Margaret Hillert

Illustrated by David Schimmell

A Beginning-to-Read Book*

Unwrapping some fun illustrations for you...

About the book...

A young boy wakes up his pet dragon and drags him to the library of all places.  There together they discover the wonder of how a library works.  He has books to return and both he and his helper lug armloads of books to the return desk.  Then they realize that libraries are not just a home for books but there are all kinds of different activities happening.  They choose to attend the story time hour.  They settle back with a group of other kids and enjoy the librarian reading aloud a very interesting and entertaining version of  "The Three Bears."  When it is over the kids scatter in all directions trying to find out what other fun activities that the library offers beside lines of books on the shelves.   They discover that although libraries are very quiet places there are lots of wonderful things that you can participate in.  

Written in simple language, perfect for beginning readers, there are 61 words included in the text.  At the end of the book the author has complied a group of activities to reinforce reading skills.  She covers:  Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary Building, Reading Fluency and Text Comprehension through discussion.
She presents a Word List that your child can practice reading and suggests you could perhaps transfer these words onto a card and help your child build automatic word recognition.  The illustrations are colourful, engaging and full of emotions.

* The Beginning-to-Read series is a carefully written collection of readers, many of which you may remember from your own childhood.  The books feature text comprised of common sight words.  The many additional details in the pictures enhance the story and offer the opportunity for you to help your child expand oral language skills and develop comprehension.  Read the story together and discuss the pictures encouraging your child to make connections between the story and his or her own life. Above all, the most important part of the reading experience is to have fun and enjoy it!

About the author...

Margaret Hillert has written over 80 books for children who are just learning to read. Her books have been translated into many languages and have helped children throughout the world learn to read. She first started writing poetry as a child and has continued to write for children and adults throughout her life. As a first grade teacher, Margaret realized that the books available for students just learning to read were beyond their comprehension. She then began to write her easy readers and poetry for children.

About the illustrator...

David Schimmell served as a professional firefighter for 23 years before hanging up his boots and helmet to devote himself to work in the children's illustration markets. He honed his talents in advertising firms for 11 years at which time he was chosen by Abbey Press to illustrate their specialty gift items and greeting cards. During this time he also illustrated a half hour Children's Program for Public TV. The program won awards from the Children's Educational Network of Chicago and the Ohio State University Cultural Award. David has produced materials for the educational, religious and mass markets children's markets. 
Born and raised in Evansville, IN, he lives there today with his wife, 2 sons, 4 grandsons and 4 granddaughters. 

Read on and read always!

It's a wrap.

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