In The Big Surprise the reader follows the story of two little girls awaiting the arrival of a new baby in their family and their surprise when they discover that their mum has had twins. Features of the Book – The final “y” consonant – “lovely”, “baby”, and “ready”. – The use of the contractive apostrophe – “I’m”, “I’ll”, “it’s”, and “she’s”. – The use of direct speech. – The use of italics for emphasis. – The use of bold type for effect. – The visual interest in the photographs. Purpose The Big Surprise can be used in a guided reading setting to introduce and reinforce the following skills and strategies: -encouraging prediction and developing questioning skills; -discussing new vocabulary and extending understanding; -recognising and reading a range of different word patterns, including word endings; -developing the skill of writing in a sequential manner.
Themes covered in this book are: Relationships, Health
Reading Level:12-14 (Green)