Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Fancy Nancy: Poison Ivy Expert

fancynancy 2Bibliographic Information: Fancy Nancy: Posino Ivy Expert. Written by Jane O’Connor. Pictures based on the art of Robin Preiss Glasser. HarperCollins Publisher c. 2009, 28pp.

Reading Level: 320 L

Synopsis: In this beginning reader, Fancy Nancy decides to pick flowers for her teacher’s birthday, but accidentally picks poison ivy too. In school, Nancy becomes very itchy and has to stay home and miss school for a few days. A neighbor gives Nancy a home remedy made from jewelweed, and Nancy recovers from poison ivy and returns to school.

Rationale for Use: This beginning reader text would be ideal for students who are beginning to develop more advanced reading skills and reading independently. This book would be a great way to increase vocabulary because the character uses more challenging words throughout the story and provides a simple meaning for each one. Some examples are conceal, exhausted, fascinating, and remedy.


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This entry was posted on June 13, 2013 by in Beginner Readers/ Early Readers and tagged , , , .

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