Welcome to the world of Doctor De Soto, a clever mouse-dentist whose renown has spread throughout the entire animal kingdom! While his gentle touch and professional demeanor certainly have something to do with his popularity, most notable are his inventive methods enabling him to treat animals of virtually every size and kind. Every kind, that is, except for "cats and other dangerous animals," (the reason for this exception likely being that a devoured dentist is no dentist at all). Doctor De Soto and his wife-assistant hold fast to this rule until one day when a miserable fox shows up on their doorstep, begging for relief from his rotten bicuspid. Moved to pity at the animal's pain, the munificent mice agree to admit the formidable fox. The fox manages to remain on his best behavior while conscious, but once the De Soto's administer anesthesia in preparation for the periodontal procedure, Mr. Fox falls into unconsciousness and his medicated mutterings betray his intent to eat the mice in payment for services rendered. When the wily fox "comes to," he learns that he must return to the dentist's office the next day to receive his replacement tooth, and so he decides to postpone the wicked deed. That night, the doctor and his wife lie awake worrying for their safety. Read and find out about the plan they concoct in hopes of "outfoxing" their ungrateful patient. 28 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel P.
Please note that a brief synopsis of many of the books included here are provided in our Library Builders section. Study guides for the same book are often available from several publishers, so we found it more efficient to give a description of the book only once.
Worksheets in this guide are for Nice New Neighbors, The Biggest Bear, Ox-Cart Man, A Chair for My Mother, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Little House, The Bears on Hemlock Mountain, Miss Nelson is Missing, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Dr. DeSoto and The Velveteen Rabbit.
If given a choice, most young readers will choose a book over a "reader" style collection of stories. Why? The stories are interesting, the illustrations engaging, and they seem more "manageable". Okay, so why not teach reading comprehension and beginning literature skills using wonderful children's books? Maybe because you don't want to invest in study guides for each book. Or maybe because you think there needs to be just a little more organized coverage of skills than you might come up with on your own. Or, maybe you just haven't found the right resource. Well, Logos Press has answered all these "maybes" by creating worksheets to go along with some great children's literature. These reproducible worksheets are compiled into spiral bound books and incorporate both the answers and notes for the teacher. Children have seven kinds of questions to answer: matching, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, drawing a picture, listing, vocabulary definitions, and essay-type. Beginning Literature 1 and 2 includes worksheets for each book plus a sample reading comprehension worksheet that functions as a book report form identifying and describing main characters as well as listing the book's happenings at the beginning, middle, and end. These worksheets provide an excellent introduction to literature studies and reading comprehension by encouraging both thinking about the reading selection and expressing those thoughts in a cohesive manner. A grading label (for reading, English, and spelling) is included on each worksheet. The teacher's instructions include guidelines for grading, and a complete answer key is included.