This one is a great spin off of The Little Red Hen. Rooster, who happens to be LRH's great grandson, enlists some help from Turtle, Iguna, and Pot-Bellied Pig to make a strawberry shortcake. It's a wonderful little story with beautiful illustrations. Ms. Stevens is a very talented illustrator and I greatly enjoy her books. If you don't have this one, I highly recommend it. AR Level - 2.7 Lexile Level - 420
Next, we read One Fine Day by Nonny Hogrogian.
It was a Caldecott Metal winner in 1971. Yes, it's an older story but timeless. The kids loved it. Basicly, fox looses his tail and has to go through several steps to get it back. I'm setting this one out to take home. This one is super great for teaching sequencing or cause and effect. (Hmmm, I see a lesson for the fall..) AR Level - 3.5 Lexile Level - 1080
Last, but not least, we read Town Mouse County Mouse by Jan Brett. AR Level - 4.0 Lexile Level - 530 I love Jan Brett! If you haven't seen her website check it out. She has activities, coloring pages, videos of how to draw her charactors and a few of her reading her books. I found the following finger puppets on her site for my kids to create to take home. I love doing crafty activites with them in the summer. Having extra hands in the form of parents and grandparents doesn't hurt either!
I thought they turned out really cute.