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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (Jan. 22 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375813993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375813993
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #284,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 1-Words presents the concept of initial-sound substitution as Mouse makes new words by changing the first letter: "hat" becomes "cat," "hog" becomes "log," and so on. Jack and Jill uses rhymes and repetition to tell the story of a boy, a girl, and their dog's repeated trips up a snowy hill and sled rides down again. Lively, full-color drawings illustrate the action in both books. Large print, repetitive word use, and a predictable pattern make these titles suitable for beginning readers.
Lisa Smith, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 1-2. From the Step into Reading Early series, this "phonics reader" gives children practice with sounds by changing the first letters in a series of words. A hardworking mouse in overalls constructs, deconstructs, and reconstructs words. For instance: "Find the word FAN. Blow away the F. Move in a V. Honk! Now it is a VAN!" Net changes to pet, ten to hen, bug to hug, and so on. Joseph illustrates the simple text with color, action, and style, using large letters forming the words as physical elements that the good-natured mouse manipulates in the pictures. A playful choice for beginning readers working with initial consonants. Carolyn Phelan
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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Format: Paperback
Don't let the subtitle, "A Phonics Reader," scare you. Your kids will love this book. This action-packed, sound-effect filled, little book will delight as well as instruct. I have given this book as a gift and my friends tell me that their kids (2 and 4) ask for "mouse" again and again. They love to identify the moving letters and to repeat the new rhyming words. It is a wonderfully simple book for children who are just beginning to read on their own. I highly recommend it. I am excited to see that another book with the same character is coming out soon. I am looking forward to being able to give more "mouse" books as gifts in the future.
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Amazon.com: 29 reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
This little mouse is so much fun! April 5 2002
By Amy Jester - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Don't let the subtitle, "A Phonics Reader," scare you. Your kids will love this book. This action-packed, sound-effect filled, little book will delight as well as instruct. I have given this book as a gift and my friends tell me that their kids (2 and 4) ask for "mouse" again and again. They love to identify the moving letters and to repeat the new rhyming words. It is a wonderfully simple book for children who are just beginning to read on their own. I highly recommend it. I am excited to see that another book with the same character is coming out soon. I am looking forward to being able to give more "mouse" books as gifts in the future.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A Rhyming Phonics Book Aug. 4 2005
By Janet Boyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Mouse is busy, mouse is fast--grabbing letters as he runs past. He finds new ways to make a rhyme by switching letters every time." --from the book

Contrary to the incorrect information given by both of the Editorial Reviews, Mouse Makes Words is a Step 1 book in the Random House Step Into Reading line which means that it is geared towards children in pre-school and kindergarten. If your child knows the alphabet and is eager to begin reading, Step 1 books like Mouse Makes Words are a great start.

This Phonics Reader playfully explores initial sounds substitution and short vowel sounds by using rhyming word pairs. With its big type, easy words, picture clues, rhyme and rhythm, Mouse Makes Words is an engaging book for learning words such as net, pet, ten, hen, wig, pig, pot, cot, bug, hug, and more.

My son requests this book every once in awhile and the simplied format really helped reinforce simple word recognition, rhyming, and sounding out words.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A great book! Jan. 6 2005
By Toni L. Potts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's a fun book to read to preschoolers. Its a cute book to read with your young/early reader. Its a GREAT book when your 5 year old reads it to you.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A favorite I wish I had when I was learning to read Dec 12 2007
By mom of 4 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My daughter LOVES mouse and his books. This was our first mouse book and it got us hooked on this clever little seriers. We have bought them all and wish there were more. Mouse makes reading concepts very fun and very easy to grasp. I home school and have shown these books to my other homeschooling friends. They have all been amazed at how cheap they are and how much information they deliver in a easy fun way.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent early readers! Feb. 12 2010
By Z Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased these books for my 5-year-old daughter who is beginning to read on her own and these Step Into Reading books are excellent as they have a high-interest factor that motivates her to read. The stories are also wonderfully illustrated in full color. The story here is about a cute little mouse that finds letters and makes words out of them. It is a fun reading experience as children get to sound out the letters and then see how the letters can be manipulated to make words.

These Step 1 series are recommended for preschool-K - the stories are in large type and the vocabulary is easy. The stories are also in a rhyming format which makes them easy and fun to read. The full color pictures also provide contextual clues as to the word being used in the text. These early readers have raised my daughter's confidence level in reading, and she is doing so well that I'm purchasing the Step Two books (Preschool-Grade 1). I use these books in conjunction with sight words to reinforce her recognition of common vocabulary.


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