Sleeping Bear Press proudly introduces

I Am A Reader!

three beginning reader series featuring Tugg and Teeny by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Christopher Denise, Frog and Friends written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Josée Masse, and Digger and Daisy written by Judy Young and illustrated by Dana Sullivan.

Although these books are beginning chapter books for newly independent readers, any child can enjoy the stories with the proper support. This website includes helpful information about beginning reading strategies, story introductions, activities, and tips to help children learn to read.

Introduction for “Teeny’s Poem”

This script is to be used to help you introduce the story to your child.  When children begin to read a story for the first time, it is very helpful for them to take a “picture walk” through the text.  By looking at the pictures from the whole story, children make predictions about the setting, the characters, and the events. During this picture walk, you can take the opportunity to draw attention to certain events, introduce characters, present new vocabulary terms, and help your child locate unfamiliar words in the text.  This will allow your child to be much more successful when reading the story for the first time.

As you use this introduction:

  • Follow the instructions in italics.
  • Say or ask the text that is in bold
  • Answers to questions are in plain text.

This introduction assumes that you have introduced and read the first story in the book to establish the characters.  If you have not read “The Strange Stick,” check that story introduction for additional information about characters to introduce.

This book is Tugg and Teeny written by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Christopher Denise.  Let’s read the third story, which is called “Teeny’s Poem.”

Open the book to page 25.  Allow your child to hold the book while you look at the pictures together.  As you look at the pictures, encourage your child to predict what he/she thinks will happen and what the story is about.  On specific pages, stop to introduce a character or an unfamiliar word.

Page 27:  On this page, Teeny has written a poem in her notebook.  When you get to this page, be sure to read the words in her book.  Point out where the words are written in her book.

Page 31:  At the bottom of this page, Teeny is working on writing.  Some of the words on this page are crossed out just like Teeny would cross out the words in her book.  Read all of the words, even the ones that are crossed out.  Show your child the words that are crossed out.

 Page 33:  Be sure to read the words that Teeny has printed in addition to the words typed in the story.  Show your child these words.

 Page 34:  Tugg is very happy for Teeny, so he wants to congratulate her.  What letter would you expect to see at the beginning of the word “congratulate”?  If your child says a C, continue on.  If your child says a K, encourage him/her to think of another letter that makes that sound.  Find that word in the text.  Help your child locate the word.  Now when you get to this page, you’ll know that word!

Page 36:  On this page, the animals are calling Teeny an author.  “Author” begins with an “a.”  Find that word.  Help your child locate the word.  Notice that it is in all capital letters and in bold print.  This means that they were shouting because they were excited, so when you read these words, you should sound excited.

Now that you have looked at all of the pictures, discussed story elements, and introduced unknown characters and words, go back to the beginning and allow your child to read to you.  Check the “Strategies for Beginning Readers” section of this Web site for ways to assist your child when reading.

Joy Towner, Professor of Education