Let's Play Basketball

9781599536859. ea vol: 32p. (Read and Discover - Sports). photos. Norwood. 2015. lib. ed. $22.60.
PreS-Gr 1—These brief overviews for emergent readers can be paired with previously published stories in Norwood's "Dear Dragon" series. (For instance, Let's Play Football can be read alongside Touchdown, Dear Dragon.) Like the "Dear Dragon" stories, the nonfiction titles employ common sight words. Color photos add details and are well matched to the text. Most of the books depict both male and female players in the photographs. Each offering begins with a note for caregivers, and helpful appendixes include suggested reading activities and a list of the words used.
VERDICT This is an acceptable series, designed with the needs of young readers in mind, though the "I Love Sports" (Jump!) series is a better choice for this audience.
These slight books use high-frequency words to encourage early readers to read independently. The simple layout and bright, colorful images may draw beginning readers in, but the stilted texts aren't engaging. Readers will glean some basic facts about each sport. Reading reinforcement tips are included. Review covers these Beginning to Read Book titles: Let's Play Basketball, Let's Play Football, Let's Play Hockey, and Let's Play Soccer.

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