Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Today's read... CoComelon: I Like School! adapted by Maggie Testa

I have a nephew, who is a huge fan of CoComelon. So, today's read is for him. It's an early reader, which should help young readers begin their first, very basic stories. I'm expecting several familiar scenes from one of the shows in the series as well as a little reading help. Let's see how this book does.

Ready-to-Read, Ready-to-Go
adapted by Maggie Testa
Simon Spotlight
Early Reader
32 pages
ages 4 to 6

JJ enjoys a day at school in this Ready-to-Go Ready-to-Read storybook perfect for CoComelon fans just starting to read!

JJ likes school! Follow along as he gets ready for school, rides the bus, and learns with his classmates.

Perfect for kids at the beginning of their reading journeys, I Like School! was written for children who have learned the alphabet and are ready to start reading! And what better way to get kids excited than with a fun story featuring words they can actually read and starring their CoComelon friends?

Each Ready-to-Go! Ready-to-Read includes a note to parents explaining what their child can expect, a guide at the beginning for readers to become familiar with the words they will encounter in the story, and reading comprehension questions at the end. Each Ready-to-Go! story contains around 100 words and features sight words, rhyming words, and repetition to help children reinforce their new reading skills. In this book, readers will learn twelve sight words, and six words from three word families. So come on and get reading!

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CoComelon fans will enjoy exploring words and sentences with this read, but even those who aren't into the show will have no problem joining in.

This starts out with a few exercises to help ease into the read. There are some sounds to practice (-ay, -ool, and -ook) as well as twelve basic 'sight' words and nine more difficult ones. This does a good job at preparing young readers for the tale and gives them some practice before facing the words in sentence form. 

The story follows JJ as he spends a day at school and tells what the class does throughout the day. The sentences are kept short, most three to four words long. They incorporate the words practiced at the beginning of the book and tend to repeat the same phrases with slight alterations. It's a gentle way to ease into reading. 

The illustrations are scenes taken from Cocomelon and will be recognizable to fans. But even those who don't know the show will enjoy the lively and familiar situations. The scenes also offer other activities such as color recognition, counting, and shapes. All of these are bright and bold, making them easy to see and use.

At the end of the book, there are several questions to help readers reconsider not only what they read but also connect the story with their own experiences. This last part will need assistance from the teacher, guardian, parent or adult but then, the book is laid out with the purpose to use in a guided reading situation. After the first run through, readers will enjoy revisiting the story. It's fun to read and is well laid out as well.

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