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Summer Treasure: Read-to-Read    by Margaret McNamara & Mike Gordon order for
Summer Treasure
by Margaret McNamara
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2012 (2012)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Part of the Robin Hill School series of Read-to-Read books, this level one story follows Hannah as she goes to the beach one day and makes an astounding discovery.

Hannah takes her shovel and pail with her because she intends to look for buried treasure in the sand. Just as she is about to begin her treasure search the little girl sees someone who totally startles her. 'MRS. CONNOR!' Hannah shouts.

My goodness, there is her teacher. She is sitting with sunglasses on and in a bathing suit no less! And, Mrs. Connor is with her husband. Hannah can't believe her eyes.

'I thought teachers lived at school all year. I thought they had dinner together ... then they watched a little TV ... then they put on their pajamas…and then they went to sleep in bunk beds,' says Hannah.

Now it is up to the child's teacher to explain that teachers, just like their students, have vacations, families to go home to, and lives away from school.
The day is an eye opener for Hannah but one she won't soon forget and neither will the youngsters who read this book.

Level one stories feature easy sight words and words to sound out. They also offer a simple plot, dialogue, large print and a theme the young reader can easily relate to.

I particularly liked the theme of this story that addresses the fact that teachers have a life beyond the classroom. Young children often don't realize this and after reading Summer Treasure, they may want to know more about their teacher's after hours existence.

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