by Pamela Duncan Edwards
illustrated by Henry Cole
sparrow, a spider, and other "s animals" all try to warn a smug
who is determined to climb a slope. It is only when the slug gets to
the top that the reader learns the reason---the slope is
the back of a frog!
For added fun, illustrator Henry Cole hid an "S" shape in each picture. And he managed to make the smug little slug quite likable. In fact, in its review, School Library Journal said "This slug is so appealing and full of personality that it will certainly garner sympathy."
This book is full of 's'
words and is therefore quite useful to use when teaching the letter S.
Our main concern is that there are quite a few obscure/advanced words.
For example, one page said the snail's
"sleek skin was soft like shantung." We'd be mightily impressed with
kid who has even the slightest clue what
shantung is! I
why the author didn't just say silk (which is what shantung is)--also
an S word and also possibly a new word for some children.
Introducing new words via picture books is a
great way to build vocabulary, but in our (humble) opinion, there
are too many obscure words here.
Still, if you are teaching the letter S, this is a good book to read to your students. Just slip in your own words here and there in place of the high level/very obscure words. Or be prepared to stop and provide a short definitions now and then to avoid losing some students.
Interest Level: K-Gr. 2 Grade Level Equiv: 3.8 Lexile: 620L
a spread from inside
the book, showing the sparrow warning the little slug against climbing
up the slope. Since the plot is basically a series of 's' word animals
either warning the slug
against climbing the slope or watching him climb in dismay, most spreads in the book
resemble this spread in both the
amount of text and illustration format.
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