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"A smaller percentage of 17 year olds saw adults reading in their homes in 1999 than in 1984."
Summary: Meet the inhabitants of the the beautiful house on the edge of town. Not the humans (though several play a passing role), but the animals. The stories in the collection are divided into three “books.” Each book has a set of chapters — more like short stories — that can be read in sequence or by a title that strikes your fancy. This is an illustrated collection of short stories featuring creatures of all sorts.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, middle grade reader, read aloud book, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 8 to 13
Reading Level: 4.8
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: These are wonderfully creative stories that beg to be read aloud. The author does a superb job setting the scene and helping you create that “movie in your mind.” I love that each short story stands on its own. Though they are much richer read together.
Pros: These wonderful stories are perfect for bedtime reading. Wild Stories is a great choice when you're ready to move to chapter books but your reader isn't quite ready for cliff-hanging chapters.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The stories make excellent choices for bedtime. A definite read aloud for the classroom.