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Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo
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Dec 02, 09

bookshelves: first-chapter-boks
Read in November, 2009

1st - 2nd grades

Van Dusen uses bright bold colors and comic-like pictures to lure the readers through the book. The appealing illustrations extend the meaning of DiCamillo's words. The author/publisher uses visual aids to help the newly independent reader: font size, white space, short sentences. Vocabulary allows them to read it fluently, but introduces new words to challenge them. This book would really be appealing because of its humor. Begins to use grammatical style of indentation to mirror older chapter books. I feel that "Mercy Watson to the Rescue" is a good choice of book to share with the class as they begin to transition from easy to read into first chapter books.

Related Content Areas:
Science, Social Studies

Lesson Idea:
This book would work wonders when explaining proper safety habits. The children could learn about the different emergency agencies (such as the police department and fire department). They could learn how to make their homes safer in order to prevent accidents.

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