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 “Wind-Fishing”

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 third story, which is called “Wind- Fishing.”

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 25:  Have you ever gone fishing?  What do you do when you fish?  What do you think you would do if you went “wind-fishing”?  Any response is acceptable.  Continue looking at pictures and then read the story to see if the prediction was correct.

Page 25:  Teeny sees something that she thinks is a bird with “polka-dot” wings.  What letter would you expect to see at the beginning of “polka-dot”?   P.   Yes, find “polka-dot” on this page. Help your child find the word.  Now you’ll know what to say when you get to that word.

Page 26:  On this page, Tugg teases Teeny, so you’ll have to read carefully to understand Tugg’s joke.

Page 27:  Tugg and Teeny find some of their neighbors.  What letter would you expect to see at the beginning of “neighbors”?   N.  Find “neighbors.”  Help your child find the word.

Page 28:  What animals do Tugg and Teeny see on this page?  A heron, a lion, and a baboon. 

Page 29:  On this page, Tugg and Teeny talk to a gazelle.  Do you know what a gazelle is?  An animal kind of like a deer that lives in a jungle or grassland.

Page 30:  Here the animals are wondering where Violet is.  Who do you think Violet is and what do you think she is doing?  Any answer is acceptable. Continue looking at pictures and then read the story to see if the prediction was correct.

Page 31:  Who is the new animal on this page?  A cheetah.  Yes, and his name is Chuckie.

Page 33:  Here is Violet.  What kind of animal is she?  A warthog.  What is she doing?  Any answer is acceptable. Continue looking at pictures and then read the story to see if the prediction was correct.

Pages 35-36:  What was Violet doing?  Flying a kite.  Were you right?  Any answer is acceptable.

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.