Five-year-old Ron is intellectually challenged and finds it very difficult to remember the words he wants to use. However, he eventually gets his message across. Features of the Book – The humour in the illustrations. – The theme of intellectual disability. – The frequent use of direct speech. – Blocks of text that encourage sustained reading. – The use of the singular and plural possessive. – The range of past-tense verbs. Purpose Words can be used in a guided reading setting to introduce and reinforce the following skills and strategies: -understanding the punctuation cues and their meanings; -identifying the themes of the book; -using diagrams, charts, and other illustrations to support writing.