In Lunch for Baby Elephant, Baby Elephant is hungry. Mother Elephant teaches Baby Elephant how to find and eat the best leaves for lunch.
Lunch for Baby Elephant 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 A Readers
Lunch for Baby Elephant is an A leveled reader, Early Emergent category (Levels A-C). Level A titles are good choices for aspiring readers who are just beginning to understand books and the idea that written text conveys meaning. These young readers should be able to identify the upper and lower letters of the alphabet and recognize their corresponding sounds. Level A readers make predictions about what is happening in the story based on information in the pictures. They also self-monitor and self-correct using personal background knowledge. Level A titles can also support and encourage students who are struggling or reluctant to read.
Early Emergent Readers
Early Emergent readers benefit from books about familiar topics that use carefully controlled text structure and repeated vocabulary. Illustrations are important cues for readers at this level, supporting the decoding of new words. In addition to Baby Elephant, MaryRuth Books has other sets of titles that feature charming illustrated characters. Early Emergent readers are still building their vocabulary. Having a large vocabulary of high-frequency words enables reading that is more fluent and sounds like natural speaking language.