Ling Lee’s Surprise

Ling Lee’s Surprise
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In this book Ling Lee’s Surprise the reader follows a girl brings a mystery package to school to share with her class. Ling Lee becomes the focusof attention as her gift is revealed. This story has an underlying theme about valuing other cultures, gaining confi dence, and developing a sense of belonging. This text supports the comprehension strategies of making and confirming predictionsand summarising the main ideas. This text is particularly suitable for monitoring children’s integration of reading strategies at the end of the Blue level. Text features – the initial consonant blends – br , cl, pl, sm, st, sw – the digraphs -ch – China, teacher; -sh – goldfish, she, show; -th – mother, the, there; -thr – three – the present-tense verbs – holds, opens, says, sits, smiles, takes – the -y ending – carefully, happy, story, very – the -ou sound – our, out, round – the variety of adjectives – beautiful, big, brown, little, paper, plastic – the compound words – classroom, goldfish – the use of direct speech – the use of changing perspective over pages 5 to 8 as Ling Lee reveals her surprise – the familiar classroom scenes

Themes covered in this book are: School and Community, Pets

Reading Level: 6-8 (Yellow)

AuthorJill and Alan Bagnall


Year Level1


Guided Reading Level7

GenreRealistic Fiction

Theme/TopicPets | School and Community

Strategy/SkillsMain ideas | Making predictions

Page Count12

Word Count176