Reviewed with Jean Marzollo's Shanna's Bear Hunt
PreS-Gr. 1. Both of these titles in the Shanna's First Readers series combine inviting full-color illustrations with text that's full of dialogue, rhythm, and repetition that will draw in early readers. In Shanna's Bear Hunt, Shanna, a large-eyed, African American girl, plays hide-and-seek with her younger brother and their animal friends. In Shanna's Hip, Hop, Hooray! the characters create the Shanna Show, full of rhyming, clapping, tapping, and rapping, as each one takes the stage to perform. An introductory note includes strategies to help adults guide new readers, and each exuberant story closes with a simple activity for children. Karen Hutt
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About the Author
Jean Marzollo has written more than 100 children's books, including the award-winning I SPY series. With a graduate degree from Harvard, she has taught school, written books about teaching and parenting, and was the editor of Scholastic's Let's Find Out kindergarten magazine for 20 years. Jean lives in upstate New York.