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Summary: Freddie Ramos receives a mysterious gift. A pair of shoes that give him super powers! While he's trying to figure out where the shoes came from, he is helping other people along the way. This is the first book in this illustrated chapter series for transitional readers.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book, independent reading, illustrated chapter
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 5 to 10
Reading Level: 3.3
Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: My son liked this book.
Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed the story and its positive themes. The author presents the idea of helping others in a way that appeals to children. The story subtly brings attention to hard topics like the death of parent, single parenting, and military parents. It doesn't overdo them but it does recognize different family situations that will broaden the appeal.
Pros: Zapato Power's fun, yet suspenseful story, keeps readers' interests from beginning to end.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book you could initially read aloud together. Then, as your child becomes a stronger reader, s/he might like to read it on their own.
Educational Themes: Because of the way the author introduces different family situations, including coping with the loss of a parent - there are opportunities to talk about compassion, as well as helping others.
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 - adventure, mystery, family, easy reader series, multicultural, death and loss
Date(s) Reviewed: May 2015
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