________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 4 . . . . October 10, 2008



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Ben and the Big Balloon. (Tadpoles).

Sue Graves. Illustrated by Helen Jackson.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2008.
24 pp., pbk. & hc., $7.95 (pbk.), $18.36 (RLB).

ISBN 978-0-7787-3891-6 (pbk.),
ISBN 978-0-7787-3860-2 (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Readers (Primary).
Readers - Balloons.

Kindergarten-grade 2 / Ages 5-7.

Review by Christina Neigel.

***½ /4

   
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At the End of the Garden. (Tadpoles).

Penny Dolan. Illustrated by Martin Impey.
Toronto, ON: Crabtree, 2008.
23 pp., pbk. & hc, $7.95 (pbk.), $22.95 (RLB).
ISBN 978-0-7787-3881-7 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-3850-3 (RLB).

Kindergarten-grade 2 / Ages 5-7.

Review by Christina Neigel.

***½ /4

excerpt:

Mom got Ben a big balloon. It went up and up. Ben went up and up.
“Come down!” said Mom.
“I can’t,” said Ben. “I’m flying!” (From: Ben and the Big Balloon.)

At the end of the garden what can you see?
A very funny man by the old apple tree.
He smiles at the wind.
He smiles at the rain.
He smiles when the sun comes out again. (From: At the End of the Garden.)


In Ben and the Big Balloon, Ben is given a balloon that sends him afloat until his dad is able to rescue him. Part of the “Tadpole” series, this work is designed to support the needs of emergent readers through large, simple text and high frequency words. The text and the images in this early reader are carefully aligned to build context through the visual cues. A novice reader can easily construct the story through the simple and colourful images. Ben and the Big Balloon is a very simple, engaging reader that would be helpful for any library collection catering to emergent readers.

     In At the End of the Garden,, a child is asked what she can see in the garden. The scarecrow is then delicately described in simple rhyming verse. Via Impey’s gentle watercolour illustrations, the scarecrow is carefully described to the reader. Like Ben and the Big Balloon, this Tadpole book is for emergent readers and is a solid addition to the series.

Highly Recommended.

Christina Neigel is the program head for the Library and Information Technology Program at the newly appointed University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC.

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