Snug as a Big Red Bug
Written by Frank B. Edwards
Illustrated by John Bianchi
Poor little Red Bug has never weathered a winter before and his friends worry that he won’t find a warm, safe place to hibernate. After being turned away from a series of wool, feather, fur and hair resting places, he finally finds a solution that doesn’t involve “bugging” the other animals. Features rhyming text with predictable patterns that allow children to follow along reading.
“I’ll live in this wool, that’s where I’ll go.
“Oh no you won’t, Red Bug. No way. Oh, no, no.”
In the end, the little red bug curls up in a carpet in front of a roaring fire ready for a long winter nap.
The books in this New Reader series are designed to encourage children to take their first tentative steps toward reading.
The series has proven to be very popular with teachers and parents as well as young children who enjoy the experience of learning to read. The books use classic literacy strategies to encourage new readers to learn language skills:
- Simple illustration to provide context and clues
- Simple language
- Number patterns
Children quickly learn the word and number patterns so they can predict the number of characters who will appear on the following page and the words that develop the simple plots. Bright, colourful illustrations have proven popular with literacy instructors and parent who use a “story-talk” approach to engage children with the books.
Follow this link to watch a video of the author helping a pre-schooler learn to read one of his New Reader books.
24 pages. Fully illustrated.
Reading level: Grade one (E)
Interest level by age: preschool to K
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