Thursday, August 30, 2018

My Friends Make Me Happy! (Giggle Gang) by Jan Thomas

Who Wants To Play A Guessing Game?

The Giggle Series is back with Sheep asking his friends if they know what makes him happy.
Immediately he gives them a hint that the word starts with the letter F

Oh, did I forget to mention that the first page of the book shows Sheep with a speech balloon that says,
"Yay! Look who's coming! My FRIENDS!
And if a child thinks through the title of the book, the answer will be obvious.

When the page is turned, the friends, Donkey, Dog, and Duck greet Sheep with smiles. And Donkey's speech balloon is
"Hi, Sheep!" 
Sheep replies,
Now, let's head back to the guessing game of what makes Sheep happy. Remember, the friends know the word starts with an F. We have Sheep guessing Fish. Dog guessing Fans, and Duck guessing . . .  Turnip? 


Where will this silly trio go from that guess?

Sheep had no idea what a hard question this was turning out to be.

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me: Nothing

What I Liked Most: Thomas has created a witty story with very few words. The book has fun animals with expressive eyes and mouths, as well as colorful backgrounds on each page spread.

I appreciate the fact that kids will be in on the answer to the guessing game from the beginning. It seems like a perfect choice for the new reader or those in the process of learning to sound out words.

Author/Illustrator: Jan Thomas
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (January 2018)

  • Approx. Word Count: 135
  • Ages: 4 - 7
  • Pages: 48

*ATOS Book Level:0.8
Finger Puppets to print / Provided by Jan Thomas

* What is ATOS Book Level (BL)?
ATOS Book Levels use the ATOS readability formula and represent the difficulty of the text. For instance, a book level of 1.5 means the text could likely be read independently by a student whose reading skills are at the level of a typical first grader during the fifth month of school. 


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