Pete Makes a Mistake by Emily Arnold McCully; Crow Makes a Friend by Margaret Peot; Pie for Chuck by Pat Schories

Published by Holiday House


Summary:  In Pete Makes a Mistake, Pete forgets to deliver one of his sister’s birthday party invitations, resulting in some misunderstandings and hurt feelings before all is put right.  Crow makes a friend from sticks, then snow in Crow Makes a Friend, but finally realizes a flesh and blood friend is the most lasting kind.  Chuck the woodchuck can see and smell the pie in Pie for Chuck, but can’t reach it until he gets some help from his friends.  24 pages each; ages 4-7.

Pros:  These new entries into Holiday House’s I Like to Read series are all colorful, appealing offerings for emergent readers.  Fountas and Pinnell types: the website says that all the books are levels A through G.  A bit larger than the typical easy reader, these have more of a picture book feel, yet are accessible to even the newest readers.

Cons: It’s hard to make a page-turning plot with fewer than 30 words.

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