Fall 2021

Alan Plays Ball

An Adventure with the Vowel A

From the Series Vowel Adventures

In Alan Plays Ball, beginning readers learn about the many sounds and functions of the vowel A in a fun sports story. Watch as Alan tries all kinds of sports, including baseball, soccer, basketball, tennis, and hockey. Vibrant illustrations and carefully leveled text will engage young readers in a supportive educational fiction reading experience.

Supplementary back matter helps readers review the story, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Alan Plays Ball also features reading tips for teachers and parents and a table of contents. Grasshopper Books offers simple, fun fiction for emerging readers. Alan Plays Ball is part of Jump!’s Vowel Adventures series.
Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-63690-237-1
$26.99 $18.95
978-1-63690-239-5
$35.00 $26.25
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Preschool
Category Fiction
Copyright 2022
Publisher Jump!
Imprint Grasshopper Books
Language English
Number of Pages 16
Publication Date 2021-08-01
BISACS JUV032000, JUV009110, JUV009080
Dewey 428.6
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7.75 x 7.75
Lexile 390
Guided Reading Level D
ATOS Reading Level 1.0
Features Table of contents and Teaching guides

Reviews

Vowel Adventures - Reviewed by School Library Journal

This series presents short narratives highlighting different vowels and their uses. Each book follows a child doing an everyday activity, such as going to the zoo or grocery store, told with an emphasis on a particular vowel (“Ivan and Ivy pick up a pizza. It is big!”) By using vowels in an authentic and engaging way, these stories highlight their different applications and sounds in context. Vibrant illustrations depict a diverse group of children, and the pictures align with the text on the page to support comprehension. Before, during, and after reading tips are provided, along with a short activity reviewing several of the long and short versions of the vowel used in the text. These additional features would be most effective when used with a caregiver or teacher, though readers can also use these texts independently. VERDICT With short tales illustrating how different vowels are used, this series effectively delivers an active approach to phonics.

Author: Brandon Terrell

Illustrator: Daniela Massironi