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Sam, Sid, and Biscuit

I've been reading Sid and Sam and a few other books with some young friends.  A few of my beginning-reader pals breeze right through Nola Buck's tale of friendship, while others find it slow going. Everybody always wants to read this one, though, perhaps because at 32 pages,  it's a longer book.  Sid and Sam are buddies, and one of them sings too long. That's the extent of the plot, but readers have to distinguish sing, sang, song, so,  soon, long, along, not to mention Sam and Sid. It can be a little tricky. (I keep wanting to say "She sells seashells...") I also see that trying hard to get the words just right makes understanding even a simple story (see, now I'm talking in s's, too) a challenge. Alyssa Satin Capucilli's Biscuit is also popular, with many phrases repeating (like "Woof! Woof!"); the children enjoy the dog Biscuit's delay tactics before bedtime and, at least to my ears, the words don't sound like so much of a puzzle. Both of these books, though, make for good reading practice.


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