May Saves the Day

Capstone. Aug. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781684461028.
PreS-Gr 2– In this clever and upbeat story, a resourceful young girl named May rescues her community from a variety of predicaments through the power of spelling. She changes a swarm of bees to beets by adding a “t”, for example, and averts a runaway train by removing a “t” and making it rain. A lasso-wielding boy named Stu admires her skills and wishes to be her sidekick, although the independent May initially rebuffs his attempts. Ultimately, Stu proves himself to be a valuable partner—not just a sidekick—when the two of them change a threatening tornado into a harmless mess of tomatoes. This book is a terrific way to engage early readers in exploring letter knowledge and phonics. In addition to its lighthearted and humorous wordplay, this empowering tale deftly conveys the message that there is value in teamwork, and emphasizes themes of problem-solving and friendship. Lively, expressive illustrations complement the story’s energetic text.
VERDICT A great choice for an early elementary school read-aloud.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing