Barbara deRubertis recently retired after 31 years of teaching elementary and middle school classes. She has written more than 50 books for children that have been published by Kane Press. Barbara and her husband live in Cashmere, Washington.
PreS-Gr 2‘These book/cassette packages introduce phonics through simple rhyming stories. Barbara deRubertis, the series' author, has been an elementary school teacher and librarian. Each story builds on a single short vowel sound, giving beginning readers practice through the repetition of sounds and familiar words. Story lines are silly and inventive, and recall Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat for the building of rhythm and rhyming words. The books' animal characters and full-color illustrations will hold youngsters' attention. The read-along cassette features lively narration, using more than one voice to dramatize each story. This helpful series for emerging readers will engage their attention and be fun at the same time.-Marcia Brightman, Orange Elementary Schools, MA