imagined a world where libraries were magic castles; librarians
were magicians, and books were word windows to faraway lands.
Such a world does exist-in Magic Castle Readers®. Written and
designed for beginning readers, these curriculum-oriented titles
are divided into six classroom subject areas -
Science, Math, Social Science, Creative Arts, and Health and
Safety. With over 10 million copies sold, they are one of the
most successful beginning reading series on the market.
A Dragon In a Wagon is an imaginary
travel adventure with Laura and a happy dragon. Their journey
introduces a cluster of transportation words to young readers.
Laura and the happy dragon ride in a wagon, a car, a bus, a
boat, a sled, a truck, a train and airplane, a parachute, a big
balloon and a circus wagon. Children recognize and count the
many unusual passengers who ride along to a surprise ending.
Pages 30 and 31 contain a word bank of travel words. The book
provides a good starting point for learning more about the many
ways people travel from place to place.
Color Clown Comes To Town introduces young readers to the
wonderful world of color. Laura and her funny clown introduce
children not only to many familiar colors, but also to new
colors that they can make themselves. The clown helps children
name colors by playing a color game. As children read the story,
they join Laura in playing it too. At the end of the story,
Laura uses all of the colors to make something very special. She
invites the readers do the same. Pages 30 and 31 reinforce the
cluster of color words to young readers. The story
encourages children to keep experimenting with colors using
paint, chalk, and crayons and other tools.
Biggest Snowball of All is an adventure story about
Little Bear and
the many different sizes of things she encounters on her
way down the mountain side of snow with her friends, Rabbit and
Raccoon. The three friends find all kinds of ways to turn a tiny
snow ball into the biggest snowball of all. They build a great
snowball house only to watch it melt away when the warm sun
shines again. The book is fun to read when children are
also playing in the snow and making snowballs themselves.
The size words include words such as; tiny, small, big, bigger,
and biggest, shortest ,short, long, narrow, wide, small ,smaller
We Go 'Round the Year
introduces the twelve
months of the year with twelve little bears playing a
bear carries a flag of one of the months, beginning with January
and ending with December. As the bears march around the
year, each bear dramatizes something special about each month.
The bears play in the
snow, ice skate, fly kites, make mud pies , plant flowers, have
picnics, jump in the leaves, play ball, and go for sleigh rides,
learning the names of the months in sequence as they play
Away Went The Farmer’s Hat
is an tale about
blows away on a windy day. Many familiar farm animals
wear the hat as it
blows from one place to another finally landing in a
tree. The tree hat makes
nest for a
bird and a squirrel before the farmer finds it .
will have fun with an upside down hat pretending to be
the different animals that wear the hat in the story.
They will talk about other things that are blown by the
wind and may create stories about kites, seeds,
sailboats, and butterflies.
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participate in the story as they chose the rabbit with a
good habit in each little adventure. The three
rabbits all play with toys on the floor,
but only one
rabbit knows where the ball belongs after the game.
When the rabbits
play with friends in the park, plant a garden, or get
ready for school, children quickly pick the rabbit with
the best habit. This tale ends with a picnic where all
the rabbits have good habits. They eat lots of veggies
and other healthy foods. Pages 30 and 31 have more
helpful habits for rabbits and kids. The book
serves as a good introduction to a unit on good healthy
habits. Children can dictate or write about their best
Butterfly Express - For many of
my teaching years, I ordered a butterfly kit from
supply company so that the children in my class
the stages of the life cycle of a butterfly. It was
always an exciting experience. It is during
these early years that children not only label and
classify things, but also sequence things. The
springtime is a good time to observe the sequence of
the life cycle of a butterfly or a frog. One year
after our we had released our butterfly in a garden
park, I read in the local paper about a class of
first grade children who had to send their butterfly
by air express all the way to California because of
a late spring snow. So, when we wrote our story, we
included the surprise snow storm in the story which
became, Butterfly Express.
Zoo - After an exciting trip to the zoo, we
wrote this book about some of the special
animals we watched and imitated. Five year old,
Andy, used his two arms to imitate the way an
elephant used it’s trunk. So, Andy became the
child in the book. Trips to interesting places
are a part of most early childhood programs.
Parents are always encouraged to explore as many
places as possible with their children. Every
trip can be a learning experience for a young
child. A trip to a very modern zoo not only
helps children label and classify different
kinds of animals, but helps them understand more
about how these animals live in the wild.
Many zoos today also include a petting zoo, with
baby animals that can be touched. The
book, Hop-Skip-Jump-A-Roo Zoo, is a good
beginning for a real trip to your nearest zoo.
What Do You Do With a Grumpy Kangaroo?
This Magic Castle book is about our feelings
and emotions. Grumpy Kangaroo
has all kinds of feelings as he and his
friend, Tony, go on an adventure together.
When the kangaroo feels sad, Tony finds a
way to help him feel happy again.
When the kangaroo feels mad, Tony finds a
way to help him deal with his feelings in a
positive way. When the kangaroo is scared to
go down the high slide, Tony shows him how
to do it and the kangaroo becomes brave
enough to do it himself.
The story is a good way to begin a
conversation with children about their
feelings and how they can deal with them in
helpful positive ways.
Says Little Crocodile -
A happy smiling crocodile shows
young readers many ways to keep
healthy and happy. He
demonstrates all kinds of good
exercises from climbing and
running to riding and sliding.
He gives tips on how dressing
for the weather keeps wheezes
away. He visits a
friendly dentist and a doctor
for a check up as well. He shows
that by eating good healthy food
we help our bodies grow strong
As children participate in the
discussion they will add other
ways to stay healthy and keep
those happy snappy smiles.