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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Summary: The judges are coming to see Mom's prized daffodiles. When she goes to Mrs. Butterfinger's to get her hair fixed, Arthur and Lance decide to have a sword fight. Oh, no! What a mess. Arthur and Lance still want to joust, so they find long sticks and go outside. But they need "horses." So they borrow Gwenn's cows. What could possibly go wrong. This is a three-story chapter book for developing readers.
Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book, learning to read, developing reader, short chapter, illustrated chapter
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 6 to 9
Reading Level: 2.5
Age of Child: Read with and by an 8-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter laughed with anticipation at every page. There were plenty of "Uh-ohs" and giggles with two boys riding cows. When she decided we weren't reading fast enough, she took over reading herself.
Adult Reader Reaction: Every parent can relate to this story! It is fun, has just enough humor, and also a good lesson. We were asked "yeah, mom, what is the point?" several times, so be prepared to answer that question.
Pros: What happens when cows, jousting boys, and daffodils collide? A wholesome, humorous story for developing readers.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a great choice and is highly recommended. Its just that easy readers are books that don't have a long shelf life.
Educational Themes: This is a read-aloud book to help children getting ready for longer books. There are definitely themes of wrod play, being literal (letter v. spirit of the law), creative problem solving, and consequences.
Notes: The author donated a copy of this book as part of an Author Showcase feature.