Lola and the Frog is part of the Her Name is Lola fiction set that includes five 5-1/2 x 5-1/2″ books. In Lola and the Frog, an orange cat named Lola tries to convince a little frog to play with her. Emergent readers (F&P levels D-E, Reading Recovery® levels 5-8) will enjoy this title, as well as the title, Lola’s Lost Collar (F&P level E).
Lola and the Frog is typical of a level D title (for Emergent readers) where an animal character is having a human experience. In the story, Lola exhibits emotions, talks, and has the ability to reason. The printed text is still strongly supported by the photos, but Emergent readers no longer relies as heavily on a repetitive language pattern. The vocabulary and themes remain familiar, but readers are now able to examine them in more depth.
Emergent readers have a good understanding of the alphabet and early phonics that help them decode unknown words. They are developing comprehension skills and word-attack strategies, and are comfortable with a significant number of high-frequency words. Emergent readers are more flexible in their ability to handle varied placement of text on a page and understand most punctuation. They’re also able to recognize that reading has a variety of purposes and reading different kinds of books is enjoyable for distinct reasons. Readers at the Emergent level are able to understand a wider range of punctuation and can read dialogue, reflecting the meaning through their phrasing. They’re also able to recognize and understand inflectional endings, like s and ing, and the effect those endings have on root words.
Additional titles from the Her Name is Lola set include Lola Looks Up, Lola is Feeling Hungry, and My Cat, Lola. These titles are appropriate for Early Emergent readers (F&P levels A-C, Reading Recovery® levels 1-4). The increasing level of reading difficulty from Early Emergent to Emergent serves to challenge and encourage progressing readers as they want to continue to see what happens to Lola.