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Let's Say Hi to Friends Who Fly!: 10/25/14
Let's Say Hi to Friends Who Fly! by Mo Willems is part of his new series of emergent reader books staring Cat the cat. As annoying as a name that might seem, repetition has been shown to help some beginning readers (Lynch-Brown, Tomlinson, & Short, 2010). These books are aimed at that subset of readers.
Cat the cat is at the playground and wants to introduce, you, the reader, to his friends who fly. There's Bat the Bat, Bee the bee, Bird the bird and so forth. As the book progresses, things start to get a little silly to reward first time readers for their efforts.
When my daughter was first learning to read at the start of 2011, the Cat the cat books were perfect for her. She liked them enough that we still sometimes call Caligula cat, "Cat the cat." The books gave her the confidence in her reading to move onto the funnier but more complicated Elephant and Piggie series (also by Mo Willems).