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Friday, September 23, 2011

Review: Sleeping Bootsie by Maribeth Boelts

Sleeping Bootsie by Maribeth Boelts. A Step Into Reading Book.

Sleeping Bootsie by Maribeth Boelts

Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 2011
List Price: $3.99
ISBN-13: 9780375866784

Review: Fairies, magic, spells and . . . . kittens? Sleeping Bootsie by Maribeth Boelts is a charming book for early readers. It is part of the Step Into Reading series Step 3. Meg, a young maiden who works in a castle longs for a friend. One day, she finds the best friend in an unexpected place - her laundry basket! Sleeping Bootsie, an adorable kitten is welcomed into the castle by the Queen who makes Bootsie Meg's charge. She throws a ball, inviting all the fairies who cast wonderful spells on Bootsie. One fairie, however, is not invited - the evil fairie. The Silver Fairy comes anyway though and casts an evil spell on Bootsie. As the King & Queen do everything to avoid the Silver Fairy's spell - eternal sleep at the touch of water, it ends up affecting the entire land. However, despite all the precautions, when Bootsie finally falls victim to eternal sleep, will they ever be able to find a way to bring Bootsie back?

Sleeping Bootsie has everything that young readers enjoy - they love castles, fairies, and kittens! The story is charming and has enough depth to it to maintain the interest of stronger readers. Context clues are used throughout the book to assist readers in understanding challenging words. Plus, difficult words are repeated often, helping to increase vocabulary. Patricia Cantor also adds exceptional illustrations to assist students in understanding the plot. The Step Into Reading series is a wonderful series for young readers, and Sleeping Bootsie captures the attention of the readers through a loveable character, relatively familiar plot, and exciting castle life.

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

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of Sleeping Bootsie for this review.

Have you read Sleeping Bootsie? How would you rate it?

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