Friday, May 8, 2015

Sparkling Early Chapter Book

Today is about books that are pretty, glittery and predictable.  I think that as parents we get frustrated when a book is too formulaic, but we need to put our own bias aside.  Part of becoming proficient readers is being able to use clues in the book to predict what will come next.  New readers are just developing this skill, and books that lead them to successfully anticipate what will happen can help them see patterns and indicators in the text.   So bring on the obvious to help your kids be successful readers!

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Title: The Amazing Stardust Friends

Author: Heather Alexander

Target: Grades 1-3

Series: Yes

What this book is about: 
Marlo and her mom are starting a new life with the circus!  There are several girls her age whose families are part of the big show, and the girls have pooled their talents to create an act called the Stardust Girls.  Marlo wants nothing more than to be a Stardust Girl, but she can’t seem to find a talent.  When she fails at all her new friend’s talents she suddenly realizes that the answer was there all along!

Why I love this book: 
This book is part of the new Branches division of Scholastic, which focuses on early chapter books.  I have found the books a bit formulaic but still appealing, and this book fits that bill.  The story and girl camaraderie  are quite predictable, but if you have a daughter who likes to read about friendship, sparkles and cute animals, then this one will not disappoint.

Who this book is for: 
With very prepossessing visuals on every page, this book is great for girls just starting chapter books.  Since the ending is quite inevitable, these books are good for kids working on their ability to predict the story line.

Final thoughts: 
This is one I would have loved as girl - full of beautiful, shimmering fun.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: The Amazing Stardust Friends #1: Step Into the Spotlight! (A Branches Book)  A portion of each purchase goes to support this blog at no cost to you. Thank you for your support.

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