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Though this series of An I Can Read Book is labeled as a Level 1 Beginning Reading Book, I felt that it is more of a Level 2 book because of some of the higher vocabulary used. My daughter is five-and-a-half and will start kindergarten this fall, and we both felt that these books were a step up from other level one books, for example the Step Into Reading series. Though she was able to read this book independently, I just feel parents should be aware that this book has some advanced vocabulary and more complex sentence structures which beginning readers might have some difficulty with, e.g.:
"Mama picked up the baby chipmunk and tucked him into Papa's hanky." "Then one day, he explored one place too many." "Outside," said Mama, "Brown Eyes will be able to explore all of nature."
The books in the series have engaging storylines and each page has beautiful full-color illustrations. This particular story tells of how the cubs find a baby chipmunk and care for him before finally returning him to the wild. This is an excellent series that will motivate young children to read.
I bought 2 copies of this or my neighbors son Emmanuel who is 5, and one for my friend Jackie's grandson Tyler who is 6, and they loved them. I read it myself. What a cute story. A great book for kids.
I loved this book because it teaches kids the valuable lesson of letting animals go back into nature. I remember the feeling of wanting to take in every animal that came my way, but after a while we realize that the animal (chipmunk) is ready to explore the world, it can be set free.
Once, again the Berenstains really articulate the lesson well to a beginner audience.