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 3-These five stories for emerging readers, focusing on vowel combinations, utilize rhyming stanzas to convey simple plots. The stories are all written by Barbara deRubertis, with illustrations by Eva Vagreti Cockrille. They will appeal to the intended audience, although the text occasionally sacrifices clarity for the sake of rhyme. The colorful book illustrations, as well as the accompanying male narration, strengthen the experience for children. One side of the cassette is for read-along, the other side is the listening version. Themes addressed include friendship, cooperation, confidence, adventure and sharing. Each book includes suggested activities relating to the storyline. Schools and libraries will find this phonics set a useful addition to their collection.-Kristen Martindale, Menomonie Public Library, WI