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Shanna's First Readers: Level 1: Shanna's Party Surprise: Shanna's First Readers Level 1: Party Surprise Paperback – May 2, 2004

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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Shanna's First Readers
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (May 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078681828X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786818280
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,817,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on October 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
Shanna's little brother Shane is celebrating his birthday and the gang has planned a party filled with colorful hats, toys, and presents. In addition, there are cards made out of the most common shapes and a fun treasure hunt for Shane to complete. As they hear Shane nearing the room, they all hide and then jump from their hiding places and yell "surprise" and the party begins.

What a fun and enjoyable read for first readers and parents who enjoy reading to their children. Though my two-year-old cannot read, she enjoyed the rhythms and rhymes, as well as colorful images drawn to match this story. This is a must read for all young children.

Reviewed by Tee C. Royal

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My youngest daughter walks around the house saying, " Hands clap, Fingers snap, and Toes tap." This is a great book to read to your young kids to help them learn to read and enunciate their words.
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More About the Author

Jean Marzollo was born and raised in Manchester, Connecticut.

She says, "As a child, I loved to read and sew dolls' clothes, one outfit after another. I am a graduate of Manchester High School, the University of Connecticut, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After working as a high school English teacher and editor of Scholastic's "Let's Find Out" kindergarten magazine with Carol Devine Carson for 20 years, I began writing children's books. I have written over 130 books, including the award-winning, best-selling I SPY series for children, written completely in rhythm and rhyme. Rhythm and rhyme are like music without the tune; they lure and excite the ear. Children love rhythm and rhyme, and so do I. Do you know that I SPY actually has the same rhythm as "Old Mother Hubbard" and also rap? I treasure the beautiful, intricate photographs by Walter Wick in the I SPY books. When I wrote the first I SPY book, I automatically thought of kindergarten children so everything that I called for was concrete, something a 5-year-old can find. The result is a hunting game that children and grownups can play together successfully. Sometimes children are better than their parents! In recent years I took up painting and have begun to illustrate my own "books on paper" and "books online." You can see them on my website: jeanmarzollo.com. Writing and illustrating picture books today is as much fun as sewing dolls' clothes was when I was in third grade. As soon as I'm done with one book, I'm happily compelled to start the next."

Jean Marzollo lives in Upstate New York.