Designed to be read with a buddy, this dialogue between an aardvark and a mouse contains only kindergarten or first-grade words, making it a unique first reading book. Sentences are short, with lots of repetition for reinforcement and to build reading confidence. Early childhood specialist and former Romper Room teacher "Miss Karen" believes that reading should be easy and fun, and that reading with a buddy brings pleasure to young children. Recalling the classic children's book The Little Engine that Could, this story encourages beginning readers to believe in themselves. They will want to read it over and over again, and will be proud to say "I can read!"
Karen Robbins is an award-winning children's author, book/toy designer, and educator who specializes in the young child. She holds a master's of education degree. Rachael Brunson holds a BFA from Northwest College of Art and Design and lives in Gig Harbor, Washington.

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