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Emma's Strange Pet (I Can Read Level 3) Paperback – October 26, 2004

4.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Emma Series

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-Despite her allergies, Emma wants a pet as a birthday gift. Her parents agree to her request-as long as she selects an animal without fur. Emma chooses a lizard, and she and her brother Max delight in its eating habits and changing color. When Emma realizes that Max is unhappy because he doesn't have his own pet, she convinces her father to get him a lizard. Little portrays real characters who bring everyday problems to satisfying conclusions. Simple, full-color line-and-watercolor illustrations do a great job of capturing expressions of confusion, worry, anger, and joy. An exceptional beginning reader.
Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 1-2. In this I Can Read book, the words are simple but the story is complex, with several chapters and a fair amount of dialogue to challenge readers' skills. The story also gives readers something to think about beyond translating letters into words. Max wants a dog, but his sister, Emma, is allergic. A family visit to the pet store eventually solves the problem--a lizard seems the perfect pet--but lessons are learned about animal care and family relationships before the sweet ending occurs. Stephanie Zvirin
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 260 (What's this?)
  • Series: I Can Read Level 3
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (October 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064442594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064442596
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennifer LB Leese on October 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Categorized as "An I Can Read Book" EMMA'S STRANGE PET is perfect for readers in grades 1st and up.

Max wants a puppy like his friend Josh, but his sister Emma is allergic to animals with fur. All seems lost until Emma tells her parents that she too wants a pet. So for her birthday they take her and her brother, Max, to the pet store where she adopts a lizard they name "Stranger." Max relates to Stranger as he is adopted too.

This book is wonderful in many ways as it talks about the affects of life-long allergies, adoption of children and pets, as well as the special bond siblings share, parent love, and how to compromise without giving in or creating hurt feelings. I found EMMA'S STRANGE PET by JEAN LITTLE inspirational, heartwarming, and fun to read with my younger children ages 7 & 8. After reading this book, my children asked several questions regarding adoption and different kinds of pets.

This splendid book would make a wonderful addition to any library and classroom for discussion on any of the topics I have mentioned here.

This reviewer (and her children) highly recommends Little's book EMMA'S STRANGE PET.
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While I don't have extensive knowledge on this book as it was a gift. However, I did notice how well put together it was. The binding seemed strudy. The cover art was cute. My daughter saw this gift before we gave it and actually wanted it just by looking at the cover so that has to say something right? My niece I gave the book to seemed thrilled very with it. I do know that the I Can Read books are very good books and we have loved all of the ones we have purchase.
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This was a Christmas gift to my six-year old niece. She doesn't live nearby so I know mostly what she's up to via phone conversations. That being said, her mother told me that she's reading very well these days for a 1st grader. In a follow up call after Christmas, she told me the book was good and that she liked it a lot. Her big sister confirmed the six-year old had indeed read the book and that she helped her with some of the words she didn't recognize. All-in-all I would surmise this is a good choice for an early reader.
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By pjs2780 on December 5, 2013
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I am not a fan of some of the language in this book, especially when Emma wants to hit her brother, or the rather graphic description of the cricket meal. The lesson of 'being different is great' is lost as well through clunky dialog.
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My daughter has begun reading level 3 I Can Read books, so I randomly picked out some titles since I had heard of none of the stories before. Emma's Strange Pet is a great story that also contains ideas worthy of taking pause and having a conversation with your youngster. It includes themes of interpersonal communication, adoption, taking care of a pet, and validating others. Important ideas to spark meaningful discussions as you read with your child.
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Very Cute! my 6 year old daughter like it a lot, easy and fun reading! Highly reccommended! it talks about Emma Having allergic reaction to dogs or hair pets and the way they solved this problem, so that the family would be able to have a pet.
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I'm a tutor and felt the book was perfect for my students to practice reading techniques. The kids found it fun and interesting and I found it useful in complementing the decoding skills learned in their Orton Gillingham Reading Program.
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I gave a five star rating because my Grand daughter thought it was a funny story.She really enjoyed it.I highly recommend this book.
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