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Pedro, First-Grade Hero Paperback – September 1, 2016
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Gr 1–3—This delightful collection of stories follows Pedro, a first grader, as he collects bugs, plays soccer, hunts for missing items, and even runs for president. Children will have fun accompanying him on all his adventures with his classmates. The text is just right for those ready for a longer chapter book but not quite prepared to give up the visual delights of beginning readers and picture books. Before each chapter, a page of simple sketches gives readers visual clues as to what to expect from the upcoming stories. The illustrations, on almost every page, add a wonderful pop of color with a nice hint of mixed media. The book concludes with four pages of jokes just right for children to share with friends. VERDICT Fans of Katie Woo are sure to love this collection of short stories about her friend and classmate Pedro.—Andrea Pavlik, Huntington Public Library, NY
About the Author
Fran Manushkin is the author of many popular picture books, including Baby, Come Out!; Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story; The Tushy Book; The Belly Book; and Big Girl Panties. There is a real Katie Woo ― she's Fran's great-niece ― but she never gets in half the trouble of the Katie Woo in the books. Fran writes on her beloved Mac computer in New York City, without the help of her two naughty cats, Chaim and Goldy.
Tammie Lyon began her love for drawing at a young age while sitting at the kitchen table with her dad. She continued her love of art and eventually attended The Columbus College of Art and Design, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Fine Art. After a brief career as a professional ballet dancer, she decided to devote herself full time to illustration. Today she lives with her husband, Lee, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her dogs, Gus and Dudley, keep her company as she works in her studio.
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Pedro is a character from Manushkin's Katie Woo series. I've never read those books, but Katie is featured in this book as well. This book is engaging and fun for children who share similar interests as Pedro and his friends. There are pictures on every page, so it's an easy transition to a chapter book style for early readers. Each chapter is about 20 pages long. It's realistic to have kids consume one chapter per night with this book.
This text is at an instructional level J, which is perfect for my son, who's reading independently at level K. Unfortunately, he struggles with contemporary fiction, favoring graphic novels and fantasy. He didn't even make it through the first chapter when he tried this book.