“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Little Lizard’s New Friend. Written and Illustrated by Melinda Melton Crow. Stone Arch Books c. 2011, 32pp.
Reading Level: 20 L
Synopsis: In this short story, Gary the lizard is looking for someone to play ball with him. He asks his mom and dad, but they are busy. Finally, Frog offers to play ball with Gary and his is happy to have a new friend.
Rationale for Use: This book is ideal for a young child who is just beginning to read simple, patterned texts independently. The book is very short and all of the words are repeated throughout the book, giving beginning readers lots of exposure to the same words to increase confidence and fluency.
Common Core Connection: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.10 Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.