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Scholastic Reader Level 1: BOB Books: Cupcake Surprise!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Ok. Right now Amazon has the two books listed as the same one with various paperback editions. So for now, both reviews are here combined. First The New Puppy, and the Cupcake Surprise!

Our first Early Reader experience with the Bob Books was met with much excitement in my family. We have been working with the My First Bob Books Series (Alphabet and Pre-Reading) for several weeks not (review to come...) and so AppleBlossom recognized the Bob Books logo and was very excited to continue to "read for fun" (and educational value!). The first book in the series is The New Puppy, where Jack and Anna really want a new puppy and Mom and Dad explain the responsibilities and these two get to join an adventure on the possibilities.

Not only do I trust this book because I love the Bob Books company, but the story is great and right on par with an early reader. While at this point we're not quite there yet, she loves for me to read these to her already and then she stares at the pages and is re-telling me what happened. I think she might even recognize the word "dogs" from the repetition. The colors are great, and the pictures are fun. I'm just ridiculously giddy to know that even when we finish everything with the sets, that there are more books for my girls to explore.

This specific book works well geared toward boy or girl because of the sibling set and I think that many families are going to find that these Early Readers will become staples in their schooling much like the Sets before them.

My goodness what fun this one is! Right about the time where the reading level of this book is right your kiddos want to follow around and truly help in the kitchen. This is a great one to entice them to do something for someone else as well as learn (maybe a homeschool science lesson?). This one is just as fun as the first, and I definitely find it to be a sequel as The New Puppy makes an appearance! (But of course they can be read alone!) Fun from the cover to the end page everyone in your family will love this one.

At the end of each of the Bob Books Early Readers you will find a page or a few of Flashcards to use. I think these are great. My plan is to take them out and laminate them for multiple use and durability. Then they can be used for word memorization and story plotting as to what happens next. There are many possibilities.

The Cupcake Surprise! is a great one for family and I just love watching the mom in the background watching her kids as they experience life and learn value skills and lessons. This one is special to me in that it will teach how to take something as a mistake and make it work and go from there rather than fall into pieces of ruin. If these two Bob Books Early Readers are anything to show for what is to expect, well then this is one purely delighted mama.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2013
When my oldest was four, we checked out several of the small Bob Books from the library. They were the first books he ever read all by himself, and I invested in one of the boxed sets for home. All three of our children have used the smaller Bob Books with great success.

I was thrilled to find these! First, the reading level is accurate for beginning readers. The stories are simple and engaging, as are the illustrations. Best of all, in my opinion, is the font. No Times New Roman with strange letter formations; the font is simple and Kinder-friendly, perfect for littles. (This is one of my pet peeves with beginning reader books, so I'm very happy to see that all of the Bob Books maintain this style.)

I can't wait until they print more; my six-year-old reluctant reader is actually enjoying the success of reading a 'real' book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Jack and Anna want to surprise dad for his birthday. Instead of singing a song or making a card they decide to make cupcake. Jack and Ann discover cupcakes are as much fun to make as they are to eat.

BOB books has created another great beginning reader book. Site words such as cookies, flour, cupcakes and birthday can be found. The words are easily recognized by new readers. Bright colorful pics with recognizable objects make simple sentences easy to learn and comprehend. Reading will be so much fun. Sentences such as: Jack and Anna go to the store. Surprise! These cupcakes taste great!; are easily learned.

The cover of each book shows the grade level and reading level. Flash cards are included for easy reference. To learn more about BOB Books visit [...].
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2013
l really like these books and have bought most of them for my 4 yr old granddaughter.. l explain to her that with Bob books we read the words..l am constantly searching for good educational books that are more specific in teaching children to read the words and associate them to the more true to form pictures.. bob books certainly achieve this and make her reading goals very achievable.. We love our special time together reading these books... just love them
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2013
I still like the Dick and Jane books. But, this book is supposedly easier for kids to learn reading skills. Thus far I would agree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2012
Cute and fun read. A little over priced for a small book, as big box stores sell this type of book for less. Like the flash cards that come with the book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2012
Jack and Anna want to do something special for their father's birthday. They decide on making cupcakes. But they are missing some ingredients and have a few accidents along the way. Read and find out if they get to make the surprise cupcakes for father. This is a great read for young readers. The BOB Books leveled readers are different in that they have pull-out flash cards for the key words in the story at the back of the book.

The BOB books are wonderfully written and have bright vibrant illustrations. They keep the attention of children through many readings, both as they have the story read to them and as they grow and work on reading the books themselves. It's a fun book in a great series of resources for children in your life.

About the Level Readers
The Leveled readers from Scholastic are a great way to introduce your child to reading. The levels are:

Pre1: ABC's & First Words
Level 1: Sight words, words to sound out and simple sentences.
Level 2: New vocabulary and longer sentences.
Level 3: Reading for inspiration and information.
Each book has a level rating, a grade level, a reading level, a lexile level and a word count on the back.
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on July 2, 2015
My daughter is 5 and ready to start kindergarten. We have enjoyed the Bob Books and this one is a little more advanced in words and story than the basic Bob Books we started with. We want to help our daughter continue to progress, and hope to find continued teaching tools to help her. (Frankly, we aren't thrilled to be sending her to 2:45 of kindergarten a day when she already knows how to read.)
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on June 12, 2015
Cute story!
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on January 15, 2014
Love Bob books. Easy to read. Like repetition of words.
Would recommend to all first time readers. Have full set.
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