Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Capucilli, Alyssa Satin. Biscuit. Illustrated by Pat Schories. Harper Collins Publishers, 1996. TumbleBooks Audio. 2 minutes, 30 seconds.

It’s bedtime for Biscuit, but Biscuit is not ready! He wants to play, he wants a snack and a drink, and he wants to hear a story. But that’s not all----he also needs his blanket, his doll, a hug and a kiss. Biscuit is a friendly-looking yellow puppy. With light animation, TumbleBooks has brought Schories’ gentle and appealing illustrations to life, as he tugs at the girl’s blanket or licks her face to kiss her. Each page of the TumbleReader shows the illustration and text. The reader has the option to read along with the narrator or mute the narration. As each line is read, the text turns red. The pages will automatically advance or the reader can advance them manually by means of simple on-screen buttons. The narrator’s voice is upbeat and female, and there are some sound effects to accompany the reading.

Curriculum Connections:
Teachers will appreciate that the lexile and Accelerated Reader numbers are visible in the browsing entries. Reading along with a fluent, even recorded, reader can give beginning readers confidence and great practice (Hasbrouck, 2012). With TumbleBooks installed on school computers or iPads, students with headphones can develop their fluency at various levels.

Personal Reflections:
TumbleBooks could be a great option at a classroom listening station for the early grades (K-2). There are lots of picture books and easy readers to choose from and children will enjoy the simple games and puzzles that accompany the book. There is also a comprehension quiz for each story.


Age/Interest Range:

Pets, Bedtime, Animals

The Puppy Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant is written at a similar level and also about a child and their puppy.

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