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 “What’s in a Picture?”

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 character introductions.

This book is Tugg and Teeny written by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Christopher Denise.  Let’s read the second story, which is called “What’s in a Picture?”

 Open the book to page 13.  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 13:  Ask your child to read the sign in the picture.  What do you think happens at an art show?  One animal has painted pictures and has hung them for others to see.

 Page 14:  On this page, Teeny is not very happy about something, and the book tells us that she “grumbled.”  Find that word at the bottom of this page.  Help your child find the word.  Now when you get to this word when you are reading, you’ll know to say, “grumbled.”

Page 18: What kind of animal is that?  A cheetah.  Yes, and his name is Chuckie.

Page 20:  What kind of animal is this?  A hippopotamus.  She has an interesting name.  It’s Margie Barge.  Can you say that?

Page 23:  Violet is looking at the picture Teeny painted and thinks that it is “gorgeous.”  Find that word on this page.  Help your child locate the word.  Now when you are reading, you’ll know to say, “gorgeous.”

 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