clarification and a few ?'sMr Popper's Penguins is written by Cynthia Rylant. I would recommend any of her series...especially the Henry and Mudge series (we've read all 22 of them!), and the Poppleton series. Each book has 3 to 4 "chapters" with a pic every other page or so and maybe 2-3 short paragraphs each page.
Question for you all...I am wondering how "attentive" your kids are to books like you listed. I look at books like ones you have all indicated, and there is NO WAY my almost 7 yr old daughter is advanced enough to sit through a read aloud like Charlotte's web or a book by Beverly Cleary. She is very visual, the books I have mentioned above have some pics, so she is able to tolerate them. I have tried some with pics and longer paragraphs, and she is turning the page before I am done so I am quickly paraphasing. I am very good with dramatic voices and such, but that doesn't help.
My only other foray into "chapter books" has been a short series of the Little House books with some books like "Laura and Her Sisters" which are maybe 25-30 pages long and have a few chapters from the original series in each...she can maybe last through a few pages at a sitting. As far as her reading level, she is starting to read some 4 letter words now by sounding them out, but not sentences and not fluently.
Should I be concerned, or is this a concentration issue or will this improve with time? Is it a measure of "success" to read "great children's classics" at such a young age? Sorry, not trying to pick on anyone, just hearing things like this makes me feel bad sometimes, especially being an unschooler and with family on my back that dd isn't reading "fluently" (I just point out that there is no way her ps peers all read at the same level though, but at times their nagging gets to me!)
Also, does anyone know of some of these books in a simpler form? Or more books in a style/#of paragraphs/pics like Cynthia Rylant's books? She also likes audio things like short stories like Robert Munsch's, but I don't think she would last through a verbatim reading on tape of Charlotte' s web or something.
Tina, dp James, dd Stephanie, ds Jonathan here in Manitoba Canada