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.

Story Introduction for “The Zig-Zag Race”

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 “A Great Gusting Mystery,” check that story introduction for additional character introductions.

This book is Tugg and Teeny Jungle Surprises written by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Christopher Denise.  Let’s read the second story, which is called “The Zig-Zag Race.”

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.

Pages 13-14:  Who does Teeny see outside her window?  Zebras.  Yes, and their names are Zig and Zag.  They are brothers.

Page 15:  Here we see a lion, and his name is Rory.  How do you think he got that name?  He is a lion and roars.

Page 16:  Read the sign to your child.  What do you predict will happen in this story?  Any answer is acceptable.  Continue looking at pictures and then read the story to see if the prediction was correct.

Page 19:  Do you think Zig or Zag won the race?  Either answer is acceptable.  Can you tell which zebra is which?

Page 22:  The giraffe here is a doctor.  When we write a doctor’s name, we usually abbreviate, or shorten, it.  The abbreviation for doctor is “Dr.” Find that abbreviation.  Help your child locate the word.  Now when you are reading, you’ll know to say, “doctor” when you see “Dr.”

Page 23:  Can you tell a difference between the zebras now?  Yes.  How can you tell?  One zebra is missing a tooth.

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.