Book #5 in the "Digger and Daisy - I am a Reader Series": When Digger and Daisy try out for the school play, Digger is disappointed he doesn't get to be a knight. He is chosen to be a tree and he knows trees don't talk. Daisy, however, is chosen to be the princess, the star of the play. But when Daisy forgets her lines, Digger saves the day!
Picture Book Depot:
Everyone’s favorite puppies are
practicing for their theater debut!
Author Judy Young’s new early reader
picture book is called Digger and Daisy Star in a Play, and it has a little
something for everybody. In it, Digger and Daisy are preparing for their
upcoming roles in the school play. Daisy is thrilled to be playing a princess
with a speaking part of a whopping two words. But Digger is not so happy; he is
playing a tree, and trees just don’t have speaking parts.
After days of memorizing lines and
“non-lines,” the minutes tick down and the play gets underway. But things
suddenly go haywire. The spotlight is shining and the audience is looking, but
the play has come to a screeching halt. Someone needs help, and fast.
This book may be brief but it offers a
lot to the emerging reader. Ms. Young’s text is spot-on for ages 5 to 7, and
the “easy reader” vocabulary should foster a sense of accomplishment for the
newly-independent reader. The story line offers the excitement of preparing for
a big performance, the importance of practicing for perfection, and the
unpredictable havoc—and stomach butterflies–that stage fright can bring. And
even though the book has very few words, Ms. Young manages to do two things:
she builds tension and suspense by pitting readers against the unknown (in this
case, the “unknown” is whether poor Daisy will remember her whopping two
lines), and she keeps readers smiling to the end of the book.
Dana Sullivan’s bright and bouncy
illustrations are just what the kid-doctor ordered. Digger and Daisy’s eyes are
always wide and eager; their faces are always friendly (even when one of them
is a little nervous); and their surroundings conjur warm and fuzzy memories of
those school plays and bumbled first lines of long ago.
Great for early elementary classes,
independent reading, school theater departments, and pre-school libraries.