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K-Gr 2 This charming and funny manual is also informative for older siblings or parents who are beginning the teaching process themselves. The bits of advice include: Attach labels to Little Slug s favorite things, Read out loud to him, Point out words that repeat, Sound out words, Make a vocabulary list, and Be patient. Everything is made amusing by adding the slug perspective ( underline favorite words in slug slime ). Presented in a combination of bold text and speech bubbles, Pearson s text is simple and appealing. Illustrations are cartoonish with plenty of bug appeal, humor, and a scintilla of grossness. Beyond its cleverness, this is a terrific bookfomercial for READING. The final pages share some of the joys to be found in books in an unpreachy way. And that is no small achievement. --School Library Journal, May, 2011

Gr K-3 Pearson is a slug intimate, having previously charted the course of two Slugs in Love (illustrated by Kevin O'Malley, 2006), so who better to explain, exactly, the best way to teach a slug to read? It is really quite elementary, starting with opening the book (make sure it has slug characters), read it to the slug, point out repeating words, help sound them out, get a vocabulary list going, underline favorite words and, you bet, [r]ead your slug s favorite poems to him as many times as he wants. Read him other books too! This slug s favorite is Mother Slug s book of poetry, with such old gems as Mary had a little slug, / His skin was smooth as silk and Whatever can the matter be? / Sally Slug has climbed a tree and Sweet Sammy Slug / Slides through the town. Slonim s upbeat illustrations give readers a sense that they are there with the slugs, flipping the pages, while the interjections from the slugs Sl-uh-uh-g! Hey, I can read SLUG! convey, with a light hand, the joys of reading. And though it isn t cricket to diminish a slug s capabilities, readers can t help but feel that if a slug is up to the task, well then, maybe someone else in the room is, too. --Kirkus January 15, 2011

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A little boy explains to Mama Slug how to teach Little Slug to read. Here are a few of his reading rules: Attach labels to Little Slug’s favorite things; Read out loud to him; Point out words that repeat; Sound out words; Make a vocabulary list; Be patient! And, of course, it helps if Little Slug can see the book, so prop it up and set him on a rock! David Slonim’s hilarious acrylic and charcoal illustrations and Susan Pearson’s witty text show that reading can be fun!
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2nd
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761458050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761458050
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The illustrations are really cute and the book has some good humor in it, too.
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Here's a book that teaches kids how to teach reading under the guise of teaching a slug to read.
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Find books for him to read that interest him and that he can relate to and get excited about .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Felting Mom VINE VOICE on August 22, 2013
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I teach 3rd grade and have some students who are still struggling with reading, so I thought I'd use this as a read aloud and then they could use it to practice reading as well. Even though they are 8 and 9 years old, they all found it engaging to listen to and thought it was funny. And then one of them, who has really struggled with reading a lot decided to start putting labels on everything so she could practice reading - brilliant!
I would recommend this for kindergarten - 2nd grade age children mostly, but it is silly enough to appeal to older children as well.
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"The story is a series of lessons for reading, and understanding what is read, cleverly disguised as an interesting book."--C. Elmo

This charming and funny book outlines the steps everyone treads as they learn to read. Parents coaching the teaching process, will enjoy, support and encourage young learners. What a purposeful way to start off the school year by celebrating the joys of reading and talking about specific reading strategies and tactics.

A little boy explains to Mama Slug how to teach Little Slug to read. A slug is a small, snaillike gastropod, long and wormlike, having a slow-moving elongated body with no shell. Some of his reading rules are; Read out loud to Little Slug; Sound out words; Point out words that repeat; Attach labels to Little Slug's favorite things; Make a vocabulary list; Be patient!

Susan Pearson's witty text proposes that reading can be fun, even for a snail, and Slonim's hilarious vivid cartoons do demonstrate it. Having previously charted the course of two Slugs in Love, 2006, Pearson seams a slug fan. She qualifies to use her best tools to teach a slug lover to read? Opening the book and read it to the slug. Read him other books too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Candace Mike N Elmo on July 24, 2013
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Absolutely colorfilled and cute illustrations throughout the book !! Will catch an infants attention because they are friendly, cute ,and teeming w/ color But this is nOT for infants rather for ages 2or 3and up to possibly 7, in my opinion

The story is also a series of lessons for reading and and understanding what is read cLEVERLY disguised as an interesting book ! My 4 year old has been reading awhile but he liked this book a lot !! The fun thing is there are many things in it that will make adults chuckle --one example --
names of books changed to Slug terminology and more things like that, Very witty

And the children love the cute slugs and various other drawings and the story line , but I do think the illustrations are what add a lot to this book The wit as well , this is a well done book !!!!

it teaches its lessons over and over again each time the book is read -- tHAT is excellent

As a teacher I highly recommend !!

Take a peek inside as Amazon allows .....you will like what you see

Hope I have helped
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fran46 VINE VOICE on July 23, 2013
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Cuddle up and get comfortable for this quick lesson in how to teach reading. Susan Pearson has used a "slug" (little slimy critter) as the focus of how to approach the reading process. By using such a character, the author makes the instruction fun and non-threatening. Her reading hints are clearly stated (i.e. "Point out words that repeat", "sound out words") culminating with Rule 10: "Be patient. Reading isn't learned in a day. It can take months. But don't give up--it's worth it in the end." David Slonim's illustrations are colorful and engaging, capturing the slug's facial expressions to bring a chuckle to the reader's experience. As a retired school administrator and grandmom of pre-schoolers, I loved this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Matteson VINE VOICE on July 1, 2013
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I read part of this book to my 4 1/2 year old grandson and he is loving it! He is excited himself trying to sound out the words and learn to read along with the little slug!

What I like best is that the book does not use "baby" or "toddler" language but just nice simple words and phrases that are clear. Also, the humor is the book is something that will particularly catch a little one's eye and strike their funny bone just like it did our grandson!

I recommend this book for parents or grandparents looking for a fun book to interest their child or grandchild in learning to read all by themselves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on October 6, 2013
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I laughed out loud while reading author Susan Pearson's story about teaching slugs to read. It's actually a humorously presented checklist for teaching your own preschoolers to read. The list includes practical ideas (putting labels on favorite things, make a vocabulary list) as well as whimsical ones (find a rock for your slug to sit on). The story shamelessly borrows from familiar titles and poems ("Mary had a little slug..."), but it's very cleverly done and funny enough to hold kids' attention. The marvelous illustrations by artist David Slonin are perfect for the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By deeper waters on July 28, 2013
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Based on the truth that we learn the most by doing the teaching, this book outlines the steps that everyone takes as they learn to read. The illustrations are bright and engaging with references to books, poems and things that are familiar to most children. This is a book that young readers can have fun with which is of course, the key to forming lifelong readers. Suitable for classroom or home use.
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