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Absent-minded Miss Molly tries to remember why she tied a string around her finger--and why all her friends plan to see her at eight.
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Miss Molly wakes up on Thursday morning and finds a string on her finger, reminding her of--what? She can't remember. As she moves through her day, picking up pieces of information and clues to her puzzle, attentive readers might even figure it out before she does. A lovely story, and a perennial favorite with kids, BE READY AT EIGHT combines all the elements of a great read-along for children just beginning to read on their own. The relatively simple vocabulary and the repetitive pattern delight kids, and the plot keeps them totally engaged. Barbara Caruso's narration only adds to the enjoyment--her lovely, happy voice is lively and full of surprise, disappointment, and the slightest quiver of age. An excellent reading of a classic story. W.L.S. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 3-Peggy Parish's story (S&S, 1996) about a white haired lady with red tennis shoes who is extremely forgetful is a fun read. Miss Molly has a string on her finger to remind her of something important that is happening today; however, she can't remember what it is. As the day progresses, she meets many of her friends and neighbors, all of whom know about the important event. Before the end of the book, even the youngest readers will have guessed that it is her birthday. The audiotape is nicely and clearly narrated by Barbara Caruso who utilizes a number of different voices for the large cast of characters in the book. A nice touch is using the sound of a page turning as a cue, instead of the usual beep tone to indicate the need to turn the page. Most of the time there is no background music to detract from the reader's interpretation, and only a minimum of sound effectsAall of which makes this tape very useful in classrooms where the emphasis would be on reading the book along with the tape. This audio version will be a favorite for listening centers in primary classrooms.
Linda R. Skeele, Western Elementary School, Georgetown, KY
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