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DIXIE WINS THE RACE (I Can Read, Level 1)

Author: Grace Gilman

Illustrator: Jacqueline Rogers

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Publisher: Harper, an Imprint of Harpercollins Publishers, 2012

Material: hard cover

Summary: Emma is in a relay race, and Dixie is there to cheer her on. It is hard for Dixie to sit still when the girls run by with the stick! Dixie cheers for Emma - so loudly that Emma falls and drops the baton. Oh, no! Who will finish the race? This is an early reader about the friendship between a girl and her dog.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, easy reader

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 4 to 7

Reading Level: 1.3

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a cute story, and the first time you read it, you get as antsy as Dixie. The author does a great job building the story with action and a bit of suspense, yet repeating sight words consistently enough to help readers keep going.

Pros: Young readers will cheer for Emma and Dixie in this beginning reader.

Cons: Although a small point, it bugged me that Dixie won the race. In reality, the team would be disqualified. You don't need to end on a down note, but you don't need to be unrealistic, either.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is an engaging story for developing readers. However, your child will grow out of it quickly.

If You Liked This Book, Try: A HOME FOR DIXIE; THE TRUE STORY OF A RESCUED PUPPY   FARLEY FOLLOWS HIS NOSE   THE BRAVEST DOG EVER; THE TRUE STORY OF BALTO (Step Into Reading)

Educational Themes: No Critics Reviews found at the time of this review. See reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - easy reader series, animal characters, friendship, sports

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2014




                 

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