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Shanna's bear hunt

Shanna's first readers. Level 1

Shanna's first readers. Level 1.
Marzollo, Jean.

Evans, Shane, illustrator.

Roos, Maryn, illustrator.

Personal Author:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, c2004.
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
Shanna's first readers. Level 1

Shanna's first readers. Level 1.
Shanna, Ducky, Tiger, and Dinah look for a bear which is hiding at the end of the book.


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These Level One beginning readers from acclaimed author and early-childhood expert Jean Marzello feature simple words, short sentences, and rhymes that help children learn to read. Fun-to-do activity pages in the back of each book reinforce the vocabulary introduced in each story. With Shanna's First Readers, children build early literacy skills in beginning and ending sounds, sight-word recognition, and phonics while having fun with the ever clever - boring never - Shanna. In this volume, the turn of each page brings children closer to the bear!

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-These first readers share the same African-American characters and stories as the popular television program. They include rhyme, rhythm, phonics, and plenty of fun, all the while teaching young readers important skills. Shanna ("rhymes with banana") and her brother Shane ("rhymes with rain") rap their way through the stories. In Bear Hunt, the siblings and their friends, an alligator, tiger, and duck, play a hunt game, repeating, "We sneak-. we peek!" as they search around the house. The bear is really Shanna, and each time they call out for the animal, her answers lead them to her hideout. In Hooray!, the characters take their turns leading the hip-hop rap and invite readers to "get on stage" and show what they can do, too. In Party, Shanna plans a surprise for her "bro," Shane. This book serves as a review of colors, shapes, and numbers. Each title concludes with a simple game. With the speech bubbles and text scattered all over the pages, new readers would find these titles somewhat confusing, making them best suited to sharing aloud. The large, brightly colored and sharply outlined cartoon characters are sure to attract children's attention.-Deborah Rothaug, Pasadena Elementary School, Plainview, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Reviewed with Jean Marzollo's Shannna's Hip Hop, Hooray! 0 PreS-Gr. 1. Both of these titles in the Shanna's First Readers series combine inviting full-color illustrations with text that's full of dialogue, rhythm, and repetition that will draw in early readers. In Shanna's Bear Hunt,0 Shanna, a large-eyed, African American girl, plays hide-and-seek with her younger brother and their animal friends. In Shanna's Hip, Hop, Hooray!0 the characters create the Shanna Show, full of rhyming, clapping, tapping, and rapping, as each one takes the stage to perform. An introductory note includes strategies to help adults guide new readers, and each exuberant story closes with a simple activity for children. --Karen Hutt Copyright 2004 Booklist