The BIG Red Book of Beginner Books

A few nights ago Adam finished reading us all the stories in the 344 page The BIG Red Book of Beginner Books. There aren’t any particularly hard stories but the nice thing you’ve got some longer ones in there so it made for a great practice tool.  The Digging-est Dog cracked him up so much he’d have to stop and admire the illustrations for super long pauses…… which as you could imagine, will drive a reading partner up the wall at times when said partner hasn’t had his own dinner and is making school-night bedtime curfew exceptions. In fact, The Digging-est Dog seemed to go on forever and forever and forever………

I’ve sure done a terrible job of updating the Tyrannosaurus Fir Reading List but I’m adding this book because I want to remember that we took it to Kaua’i with us and one morning Adam wowed us by breezing through Robert the Rose Horse at breakfast time. It doesn’t get too high up in the rankings because a few of the selections are underwhelming as far as stories go, but I feel the need to factor in a certain amount of leeway since: A. It was reading practice for Adam, and B. He thought The Digging-est Dog was hilarious, which tickled me. The real critics have spoken.

Tyrannosaurus Fir Reading List:

  1. Stickeen: John Muir and the Brave Little Dog, Donnell Rubay and Christopher Canyon
  2. Fly High, Fly Low, Don Freeman
  3. Ginger Pye, Eleanor Estes
  4. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Robert O’Brien
  5. A Pocketful of Passage, Loraine Campbell
  6. Louis Braille: the boy who invented books for the blind, Margaret Davidson
  7. The BIG Red Book of Beginner Books, P.D. Eastman, Joan Heilbroner and P.D. Eastman, Robert Lopshire, Mike McClintock and Fritz Seibel, Al Perkins and Eric Gurney, Marilyn Sadler and Roger Bollen
  8. Hydro’s Adventure Through the Water Cycle, Randi and Michael Goodrich
  9. Small Pig, Arnold Lobel
  10. Down to the Sea: The Story of a Little Salmon and His Neighborhood, Jay Nicholas
  11. Christopher for President, Addie

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