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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers: Rhyme


Sandy the Great by Lucinda Jacob
Published by Poolbeg, 1999
ISBN 1-85371-916-1
Illustrations © Lucinda Jacob, 1999

Sandy the Great tells the story of how and when Sandy the hamster was selected at the pet shop, how he got his name and Katie’s panic when he goes missing; all anecdotes to highlight that keeping a pet brings responsibility.

Sandy the Great by Lucinda Jacob

The author’s choice of language will appeal to young readers showing an understanding of how they think and speak.

For example, “My mum is weird. First she sends me to my room to do my homework and then she comes in for a chat. I mean loopy!”

Simple pencil drawings accompany the text on every page and the lists and drawings done by Katie and her friend give examples of authentic work of children. These features will help hold the attention of reluctant readers and add to the reality of the story.

For the further adventures of Sandy read Sandy on Holiday by the same author.

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