________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 8 . . . . December 5, 2008

cover Leo’s New Pet. (Tadpoles).

Mick Gower. Illustrated by Richard Morgan.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2008.
24 pp., pbk. & hc., $7.95 (pbk.), $18.36 (RLB).
ISBN 978-0-7787-3886-2 (pbk.),
ISBN 978-0-7787-3855-8 (RLB).

Kindergarten-grade 2 / Ages 5-7.

Review by Jean Nickel.

*** /4


excerpt:

Leo had a new pet -
“A tiny hamster.
“A tiny hamster.
“A tiny hamster.
“We'll give him a name tomorrow," said Dad.

A family sets out to buy a hamster. He is brought home, but then Leo and Dad leave the cage door open, and Leo finds it difficult to retrieve his pet as he has no name. After a few attempts at recapture by the family, the hamster is back in his cage with a very appropriate name.

     This 24 page book is for beginning readers who are becoming independent in their reading. The print is big and bold and easy to read. The language is what students would use in everyday speech. The pictures are very colourful and suit the story line. Much discussion could ensue from the illustrator's work. Depending on the age of the children and lesson, this book could also be used with EAL students to teach contractions.

Recommended.

Jean Nickel is a library technician at the Westglen School in Didsbury, AB.

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