What Am I? a collection of short stories is a second reader by Marie Rippel and Renee LaTullippe that corresponds with All About Spelling Level 2. I reviewed All About Reading’s Beehive Reader (soon to be renamed Cobweb the Cat) here. My all About Spelling review is here.
What Am I? has the same beautiful illustrations as the Beehive Reader. The authors have skillfully crafted stories that use only the phonics skills taught in All About Spelling, Levels 1 and 2, turning the thorough All About Spelling program into a complete language arts curriculum.
Early readers are often stilted and even boring, but this is not the case with What Am I? Each of the ten short stories is creative and entertaining. I even found myself chuckling at times. Emily, whose reading skills are far beyond the second grade level enjoyed the book too.
Here is an excerpt from “Jake the Snake.”
I can bend my spine into lots of shapes, gulp an egg or a bunch of grapes, chase an insect up the drapes…can you?……..slip, slide, twist and glide…..I am Jake the Snake. Sssssssssssssss!
The book itself is a quality 160 page hardcover edition that will last through many children and feel like a “real book” to an early reader.
What I Am? will be available for purchase on April1.
I received this book free for review purposes from All About Reading. No other compensation was provided.