A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Words and ideas are simple here, and perfectly address this age group and emerging readers. Words and phrases are repeated, chapters are short, and lessons about kindness and how to treat others are specifically mentioned.
The themes throughout this series are nothing but positive, and a high value is put on kindness, support, friendship and caring for others.
Positive Role Models
All the adults around Jack are kind and helpful, and he lives a sweet existence with his loving parents and neighbors.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sally Rippin's Hey Jack! series is a sweet, gentle read for emerging readers. None of the messages are complicated, and the books focus on being a kind person, supporting friends, and being aware of your own feelings. When Jack has trouble navigating his feelings, his parents and friends are there to help.
Is It Any Good?
Newly independent readers will enjoy these chapter books, which are engaging without being difficult, and the illustrations on every page make trying to read less intimidating. The themes in Hey Jack! are simple, but the stories are fun, with slightly challenging vocabulary and a great look at the emotions kids feel in all kinds of situations.
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