There are 10 charming stories (note: one is about elves-so if you have any aversion to such things, you most likely will want to skip that chapter) which we are enjoying as we work through this. I personally am fond of the Matt the Musk Ox story due to its engaging humor and that lovable [albeit stinky] ox.
Look at that face-rather enduring I do believe.
We also loved the Skunk Hotel, which brought to mind the (all too familiar) reminders of that ewwy stench of such critters, and their spray-abilities, which usually reeked (pun intended) havoc upon my poor pooch and our home. But thankfully-it was just a story and not a true situation. It sure reminds the reader that one should never let a skunk move in, especially if you need to utilize the area where they have set up camp. My son and I got a chuckle out of how dense that man was about being so open to allowing such guests.
Uh yes, the ole locate new digs, smell up the joint and take over maneuver.
Overall, we enjoyed this second reader in their series. I should note here, that my son is still working through this one, as it is much more challenging for him at this point in his reading career. I was a tad disappointed to see that they did not continue on with the light dots under each sentence, to help assist with left to right reading...especially since there is a lot more text on the pages. My son was hopping around from line to line and became quite frustrated, to the point we had to put the book away and come back to it later. Frankly I am a bit perplexed over why this feature was dropped. My son has not lost his dyslexia from level I to II, and most likely never will. I truly hope in future editions, that they include that much needed component. Thankfully, the Broken Robot was illustrated like it was written on paper [IE: lines under the text] because that encouraged my struggling boy. He could actually follow it through to the end, and not become disoriented. Obviously for children that do not have such issues, it is but a small change-but for emergent readers like my son who battle this nemesis, it would be a major help. Maybe even offering 2 choices from with which to choose-one for children with, and another for those without dyslexia/major reading issues, would be a wise idea (if it were an affordable and possible option that is).
This certainly will be utilized as we work through the Level 2 AAS lessons and for additional practice. I cannot say enough good things about this company. The reader What Am I?, being but another fine product from them. As always, reviewing material from Marie was a pleasure! And be sure to check out my thoughts about the first reader: Cobweb the Cat, to get a good idea of what this series has to offer your family. If you are an All About Spelling enthusiast, then these are a perfect way to round out your program.
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Oh! If you use workboxes-I have the first two levels of the AAS books broken down into "what to pack into the workbox" for each step. That way you can load and go. Saves you the time hunting for each individual tile/card sets and makes prepacking a breeze (this is especially helpful if you are like me and do not have permanent space to keep the tiles/info when not in use). Visit my Scribd pages for the documents, and my What's in the Box? blog, for more info regarding this.
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Reader II $19.95 (book will be up on their site hopefully by mid-April 2010-so please keep checking their page for more info)
Don't forget to check out what my TOS mates had to say about this and many other fine homeschool products over on our TOS Review Crew Homepage.
***All About Spelling provided me with a free copy of the What Am I? Reader to read and enjoy with my family. I have provided my opinion of this product and did not receive financial compensation for my review.