HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Author: Agatha Brown
Publisher: Modern Publishing, 1996
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 6-9
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Brown, Agatha. Slow Turtle Saves the Day (published in 1996 by Modern Publishing, a division of Unisystems, Inc., New York City, NY 10022). This is one of the Honey Bear Books for beginning readers. Twelve are listed for Stage 1 (which is for PreSchool-Grade 1; children who are just learning how to read) and twelve more for stage 2 (which is for grades 1-3; children who are able to read, but still may need help). We had only nine from stage 2–Slow Turtle Saves The Day by Agatha Brown loosely based on the concept behind the old fable of the hare and the tortoise, Duffy Takes A Dip which I have also reviewed, Sebastian’s Good Idea, Patty For President, A Day At The Carnival, Lost At Sea, Birthday Surprise, Smiling Sam’s Joke Plan, and What’s Next, Billy and Jody. The others were written by different authors.
As I have said before, they are cute little stories, some a little silly, but they easily hold the interest of youngsters and often make a good point in the process. We used them with both of our boys when they were learning how to read. We kept some of our early readers which had interesting historical or biographical information, but either sold the others or gave them to families who were just beginning to homeschool.