“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Puppy Parade. Written by Jill Abramson and Jane O’Connor Illustrated by Deborah Melmon. Penguin Young Readers c. 2013, 32pp.
Synopsis: Scout the puppy will be part of a parade of puppies with prizes. Throughout the parade, Scout hears children giving him compliments. Scout things he is a candidate for many of the prizes, when suddenly he slips in a puddle and becomes a muddy mess. Thankfully, his antics have helped him win the “best dancer” award!
Reading Level: Beginning Reader (Lexile unavailable)
Rationale for Use in the Classroom: This book is of high interest for a beginning reader because of it’s subject: puppies! Early readers will enjoy the fun illustrations and simple dialogue.
CCSS Connection: This book lends itself nicely to CCSS RF1.4: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. a. Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding. b. Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings. c. Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.