Perfect Predictable/Pattern Books
in alphabetically order
Reading repetitive text helps a child make a connection between written and spoken words. Books containing repeating phrases also helps a child recognize high frequency words (sight words) and familiar pattens.
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- Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
By: Bill Martin (Author) and Eric Carle (Illustrator)
Reading level: Preschool and Emergent Readers
Type of Book: Board book, Hardcover and Paperback
Book Review:This book is very similar to Brown Bear, Bear Brown What Do You See? except this books depicts animals typically found in a zoo and uses the sense of hearing. Both are great beginner books. However, my daughter did prefer the brown bear version, probably because she memorized the book. Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? contains repetition of familiar words in simple sentence. Most of the sentences are either six or eight words and repeat basic high frequency sight words. Sight words represent almost 65% of this book’s text. Eric Carle, the illustrator, does a wonderful job drawing colorful zoo animals, a zoo keeper and children. Publishers Weekly wrote, “A visually and aurally splashy work, this is a splendid successor to Brown Bear , one that no fan of that popular bruin will want to be without.” School Library Journal stated, “Carle’s trademark collages have never been more beautiful.”
- Where Are You Going? To See My Friend!
By: Kazuo Iwamura (Author) and Eric Carle (Illustrator)
Reading level: Preschool, Emergent and Fluent Readers
Type of Book: Hardcover
Book review: This picture book contains many sight words, representing over 70% of the book’s text. The repetitive phrase sprinkled throughout the book contains all sight words. In fact, if you exclude the animal sounds, sight words comprise over 92% of the book’s text. My daughter was able to read this entire book with little assistance from us and it made her ecstatic! An added bonus is the book is written in two languages, English and Chinese, and even provides a song for your children to sing. Our local library recommended this book for children entering kindergarten or first grade to be read over the summer. School Library Journal stated, “An irresistible, spirited ode to friendship.”
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