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An I Like to Read® Book Level E
by Kate Parkinson
Kate Parkinson, Illustrator

Reinforced | 24 pages | 9 1/4 x 9 | US$ 14.95
ISBN: 9780823432073 | 01-15-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Easy Readers, Perserverance, Acceptance & Belonging
Recommendations: A, K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
W.1.1-3, 5, 8
L.1.1, 1j, 2, 2a, 2b, 2e, 4, 5, 5c, 6
RL.1.1-4, 6, 7, 9
SL.1.1, 1a, 1b, 2-6
RF.1.1, 1a, 2, 2b, 3, 3e, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c

About the Book

Grace's name may be a bit of a misnomer, for graceful she is not. She wants to be a ballerina, but dancing is not her forte. "Give it up, Grace," the other girls tell her. Saddened, Grace turns to drawing—and when she does, she starts to feel better. Grace is good at drawing and the other girls love her artwork. Grace finds a way to be part of the ballet using her true talent—she paints the sets! But the indefatigable Grace also keeps dancing in this easy reader that encourages youngsters to celebrate their own special gifts.


"The newest addition in the "I Like to Read" series is a great purchase for early reader collections everywhere."—School Library Journal

"There is more than one way to shine on stage, as Grace happily attests."—Kirkus Reviews

About the Series

I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!


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Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What information does the cover illustration give us about the book? Discuss details of the cover of GRACE. What can you tell about the setting and characters? RL.K-1.7

2. Why is Grace sad? What does she do to make herself feel better? What do you do when you feel sad? RL.K-1.3 / SL.K-1.1, 4

3. How does the story change from the beginning to the end? RL.K-1.1, 2, 3

4. What lesson can we learn from Grace? (We are all good at something.) Write a sentence and draw a picture of something you are good at. RL.K-1.2 / W.K-1.3

Readers' Guide
GRACE: An I Like to Read® Book, Level E
Lesson plan featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards.