4 out of 4 stars
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Feel like a superhero for doing your chores. That's what Toni does. Complete with a red cape and an interest in rescuing animals, Toni is a helpful superhero who also enjoys helping out around the house.
See what Toni likes to do in his free time, such as reading, playing, and sweeping. With helpful illustrations and short sentences, Toni the Superhero by R.D. Base is perfect for helping young children learn to read. Toni also sets an example for children by doing his chores and enjoying them, proving that even dusting can be a superhero activity.
Sentence structure is short and simple, so it is easy for children to sound out words and still move through the story quickly. The illustrations show Toni engaging with a diverse set of characters. The list of activities Toni likes to do is long, and every reader will be able to relate to a portion of his hobbies.
I rate Toni the Superhero a 4 out of 4 stars. It has eye-catching illustrations that will draw any child's attention in, and it sends a good message that even superheros help out at home. Toni serves as a good role model for younger children.
The reading level is aimed toward kindergarten and first grader students. It offers some harder words like "rescue" and "terrific" while still focusing on reading basics such as "eat" and "sleep."
Written by a mother of three boys, the story truly does have children's interests in mind. It is well organized, including the playful hobbies before the chores that Toni enjoys.
The consistent "Toni likes. . ." sentence structures would also be useful in assisting with reading retention. After reading, it would be easy to ask a child what Toni likes in order to see how much they remember and understand. The ability to utilize this story for those exercises and practices makes it a great building block for higher level reading.
Overall, Toni the Superhero is a story with detailed, colorful images that will prove enjoyable to any child. There is opportunity for children with all interests to relate to Toni and his hobbies, and there are many ways to utilize the story to help younger readers learn.
Toni the Superhero is not the last chance you have to read about his adventures. The author lists more titles that are coming soon, giving you the option to get your child or students excited about new books too.
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