In Baby Elephant is Thirsty, the river bed has dried up and the elephants must go on the move to find more water. How far do Baby and Mother Elephant need to go before they find water?
Baby Elephant is Thirsty is part of the illustrated Baby Elephant Stories set that includes six 5-3/4 x 5-3/4″ books. The titles, Lunch for Baby Elephant, Baby Elephant’s Trunk, and Baby Elephant Goes for a Swim, can be read by Early Emergent readers (F&P levels A-C, Reading Recovery® levels 1-4). Baby Elephant Runs Away and Berries for Baby Elephant are appropriate for Emergent readers (F&P levels D-E, Reading Recovery® levels 5-8). The increasing levels of reading difficulty serve to challenge and encourage progressing readers. Upper Emergent readers will enjoy the final title in the set, Baby Elephant is Thirsty (F&P level H, Reading Recovery® level 12).
Level H Readers
Baby Elephant is Thirsty is an illustrated, H leveled, Upper Emergent reader (Levels F-H), based on independent evaluation by Fountas & Pinnell using the F&P Text Level Gradient™. Level H readers use clusters, blends and digraphs, as well as consonant and vowel letter-sound relationships to solve words. They connect words that mean the same or almost the same, and use context and pictures to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary. Level H readers can quickly and automatically recognize seventy-five or more high-frequency words within continuous text. When reading out loud, they are able to demonstrate (without using a finger to point at words) appropriate rate, phrasing, intonation, and word stress.
At Level H, progressing readers are still reading books with three to eight lines of text per page, but the print size is smaller and there are more words per page. With early reading skills under control, readers can follow slightly more complex story lines. Level H readers understand dimensional characters, identify with them, and feel empathy. They can talk about a character’s motivations and feelings, and can sometimes predict what may happen next based on knowledge of the characters or the type of story they’re reading.
Upper Emergent Readers
Upper Emergent readers recognize that reading has a variety of purposes and reading different kinds of books is enjoyable for distinct reasons. They should be reading both fiction and nonfiction/informational books. Reading informational books provides a different type of literacy benefit to early readers. Reading nonfiction helps young students develop background knowledge, which increases their comprehension ability by enabling them to make sense of new ideas. Additionally, informational texts have the potential to motivate students to read more by tapping into their personal interests. Encouraging students to explore a broad array of informational texts can help them see that the real world is as interesting and amazing as any fictional one. MaryRuth Books offers many fiction and nonfiction/informational titles that are suggested by reading specialists and used in the classrooms by Reading Recovery® and Guided Reading educators.