Dad! Listen to me! I can read!" It's one of the most triumphant moments
for any child--and any parent.
Now, of course, your new little
reader wants to practice all the time. When children start reading, it
takes time for their reading vocabulary to match their spoken vocabulary.
They need books with easily recognizable words to encourage their sense of
achievement. They need simple sentences. Because they can't yet keep track
of complicated thoughts on paper--even though they may speak and
understand long, complex sentences. And finally, children also need some
words they don't know already, to challenge them to further efforts.
Stories with these elements draw children into reading independently.
Richard Scarry’s Best Read-It-Yourself Book Ever provides all
these things. The vocabulary is carefully chosen and monitored to blend
familiarity with challenge. Simple sentences, with a few complex ones
mixed in, make reading easy and interesting for all children, whether they
are getting ready to read, are beginning to read, or are already reading
on their own.
Yet reading involves more than just words and
sentences, and Richard Scarry's Best Read-It-Yourself Book Ever is far
more than that. Richard Scarry's humorous characters, situations, and art
come to life for children. They'll pick up this book over and over again
to follow Smokey the Fireman's adventures with Katie Kitty. They'll enjoy
Sniff the Detective's mystery-solving abilities and laugh with Harry and
Larry the Fishermen as they struggle to get dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Dr.
Doctor juggle their parenting and their careers, as so many real parents
must. Children will wonder just what Frances Fix-It is going to repair
next, and they'll love Farmer Patrick Pig's predicaments.
Lively, interesting characters and situations combined with ease of
reading and a bit of challenge are irresistible to young readers. Your
child will return to these stories until every word had been mastered-and
after that, too, for the pleasure and comfort of familiar old friends. In
the end, that's what Richard Scarry’s Best Read-It- Yourself Book Ever
will become: a beloved old friend.
-Sally R. Bell