Freda Is Found Write On, Carlos!

PreS-K—The first title introduces readers to safety strategies for getting help if they get lost, an important proficiency as young children begin to explore the world around them. Important cues are given in bold text and illustrated boxes with simple phrases, such as "stay calm, count to ten, breathe deeply, and stop and think." In the second title, Carlos learns how to write his name practicing with his friends at school and his mother at home. An alphabet border appears on the bottom of each spread, with the letters that make up his name in orange. Both books have vibrant, playful illustrations featuring animated characters that reinforce the story lines. The highlighted text and expanded captions convey the action. In addition, each book includes "A Closer Look" section that reinforces the concepts addressed and offers parents and teachers discussion questions to explore skills and ideas further.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
In these life-skills stories, Carlos learns to write his name and Freda gets lost on a field trip but stays calm until she's found. The texts, featuring short sentences, are accessible, but readers may find Freda's story confusing (her teacher is there all the time), and Carlos's writing problems very easily overcome. Pictures aimed at visual learners help tell the stories. Review covers these Stuart J. Murphy I See I Learn titles: Freda Is Found and Write On, Carlos!

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