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Author: Chris Williams

Illustrator: Judith Friedman

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Publisher: Moo Press, an Imprint of Keene Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Kizzy is a star! When Kizzy travels around town for her job with R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs), TV reporter Summer Brown and her cameraman follow along. Kizzy shows Summer all of the ways she helps children and adults learn to read. This is an early reader series that celebrates amazing dogs.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, developing reader

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2.7

Age of Child: Shared with a 4½-year-old child. Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler is a dog lover extraordinaire. S/He thought Kizzy was "really cool" and had questions along he way about the people Kizzy helped. S/He wanted to learn more about them and their particular circumstance. BTSYA Teen Reviewer: This is a great book for starting readers because it can help with their reading even though they don’t have Kizzy to help him. I wouldn’t recommend this book to my friends, but this book is good for 6 year olds and under.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a refreshing story, with something for everyone. The black and white illustrations help keep the focus on the story.

Pros: This is a positive story, with life lessons and new learning for everyone. The vocabulary and pattern is perfect for emerging readers of any age! It may even give them some ideas on new ways to practice their skill.

Cons: Absolutely none.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. The book is fun to share with pre-readers, who, when they are learning to read, will find the story supportive of their own situation (particularly when they make mistakes).


Educational Themes: Most directly, the story explains who R.E.A.D. dogs are and whom they help. There are ways to both expand on and personalize the story, particularly for people just learning to read. Topics might include: making fun of or judging others, empathy and compassion, and dog training.

Notes: Purchase this book through the link above and 40% of list price will go to UAPM (United Against Puppy Mills).

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book series, animals

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2006

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