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Monday, September 26, 2011

Review: Little Lucy by Ilene Cooper

Little Lucy by Ilene Cooper. A Step Into Reading Book.

Little Lucy by Ilene Cooper

Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 2011
List Price: $3.99
ISBN-13: 9780375867606

Review: Everyone loves a cute little puppy - especially one as cute as Lucy in Little Lucy by Ilene Cooper. Little Lucy is a Step Into Reading book Step 3. Little Lucy is an adorable story about the adventures of a beagle as she travels with her family to the lake. Lucy experiences new sights, sounds, and sensations! She loves spending time with Bobby, but when he finds that she doesn't like the lake, Lucy gets tied up so that Bobby can swim. However, being tied up doesn't stop Lucy. She is able to unhook her leash and go off to explore on her own. She finds interesting bugs, hopping frogs, and rolling hills. But, eventually Lucy wanders too far. How will she be able to find her way back home?

Little Lucy is a perfect book for early readers. Any reader would be able to build an emotional tie with Lucy. She is simply charming. She's the puppy every child hopes to have. Filled with sensory imagery, the adventure in the story will certainly appeal to young children. Plus, the fear of a dog running away is real - and Little Lucy ties everything together bringing the readers to a happy ending. The writing is developmentally appropriate, with just enough challenging words, and the superb illustrations by John Kranzler help to round out the story and assist students in reading the text. The Step Into Reading books have been quality early reader books for generations, and Little Lucy is no exception.

Review written by Margo Nauert (6th grade teacher).

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of Little Lucy for this review.

Have you read Little Lucy? How would you rate it?

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