Friday, June 19, 2015

Sparky and Tidbit Book Review

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I am a firm believer in letting children learn at their own pace and letting them learn in a way that is fun and exciting for them. Well reading is no exception and my daughter didn't show interest in reading until she was around 7 years old. One way that I helped make reading more fun and exciting for her was by taking her to the library where she could read to a dog.

A moms review:
Sparky and Tidbit is a book that was inspired by the many great reading programs around the country that include dogs as patient listeners. I highly recommend checking with your local library to see if they offer this unique program for young readers.

The Sparky and Tidbit book is part of the Simon and Schuster's popular series of leveled readers. We received a paperback copy of the book to review. It is 40 pages (6 chapters) and geared towards readers age 6-8 years old. It is a level three reader which means it has a longer more complex story plot and character development, challenging vocabulary words and more difficult sentence structure.

The story is about Sparky, a dog who wants to be a hero. He tries everything he can to be a hero but the hero work is kinda sparse. Then he meets Tidbit a neighborhood puppy with a big problem. Tidbit tells Sparky how he is not as good a reader as the other pups in his class and how the words in his book are too hard. Sparky then gets a big idea....perhaps he can help Tidbit learn to read. It is not the hero work Sparky had envisioned and it ends up being much harder than he thought it would be but together he and Tidbit learn some important lessons. When Ms Beagle sees the progress Tidbit has made with his reading she invites Sparky to become the Official Listener at Little Pooch Puppy School.

The book is great for teaching children about helping others, having confidence and of course learning to read. The illustrations in the book are very cute and engaging.

Both of my children loved the book and my 9 year old daughter had no problem reading it on her own....she's actually read it several times. She really liked the fact that the book was about a dog and said she understood why the puppy was so frustrated.

About the Author and Illustrator:
Kathryn Galbraith is the author of more than fifteen books for children, including Where Is Baby?, Boo Bunny, and Planting the Wild Garden, which was the winner of a 2011 Parents’ Choice Gold Award. She lives in Washington State with her husband, Steve, and her own little dog, Duffy.

While Gerald Kelley isn’t a dog, he does have a fairly snazzy red cap, which he wears quite a lot when he draws pictures for books. He lives in Colorado with his border collie, Scout, who wears a bright red collar but doesn’t read. 

Where to buy:
The retail price is $3.99 for the paperback and the book can be purchased at local books stores and on Amazon

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