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Summary: It's Saturday! Mr. Watson takes Mercy (the pet pig) for a ride in the pink convertible. But Mercy really wants to drive the car. When neighbor Baby Lincoln shows up in the back seat, Mercy decides its her turn to drive. Things get a little scary ... and Officer Tomilello brings the gang home in his police cruiser. What will happen to everyone? This illustrated chapter book is one of several Mercy adventures about discovering the world.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, remedial reading
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 9; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 6 to 10
Age of Child: Shared with a six-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Mercy is our favorite pig. Our daughter always wants to read the entire book ... stopping along the way to enjoy the illustrations. She really focuses in on the facial expressions.
Adult Reader Reaction: The story is fun ... but the illustrations are terrific. Although this is a new book, it will remind you of some of the easy readers you had as a second or third grader.
Pros: This illustrated picture book is great for developing readers, and has a very good picture-to-text ratio for reluctant readers who need more sophisticated stories.
Cons: The story may seem choppy to some, its cadence will remind you of a Dick and Jane book.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! These are fun to read together before kids learn to read and will be very valuable easy readers.
Educational Themes: Given the target audience, the value of this book is vocabulary development (listening vocabulary and reading vocabulary). There are lessons to talk about, not the least of which is rules matter.
Notes: Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) Honor Book
Literary Categories: Fiction - animal stories, chapter book, adventure, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: October 2007
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