This reader is designed not only to improve a child's reading skills and comprehension, but also to increase the youngster's understanding of and delight in God's wonderful creation. The text also seeks to expand the vocabulary skills of the reader by way of special drill in the key terms in dark print found throughout the book. Therefore, it reinforces phonics and introduces basic dictionary skills at the same time. This revised edition retains its gentle, old-fashioned content (similar to the McGuffey readers) but is more comfortable to read than the previous version due to its larger font size and engaging two-color pictures.
Book 2 exposes children to a variety of animals like crabs, wasps, bees, spiders, shellfish, and worms with fun reading sections and illustrations. Each chapter concludes with review questions.
Chapter One—All About Crabs
Mr. and Mrs. Crab
This is a picture of Mr. and Mrs. Crab. Do you see the round hole? It is the door of their house. Mr. Crab lives in the sand by the sea. He has a smooth, flat outer "shell" on his back, eight legs, and two "hands," or claws. One claw is large; the other claw is small. Mr. Crab fights with the big claw and takes his food with the little one or with both claws.
Mr. Crab digs out his house in the sand; he makes a place for a hall, a bedroom, and a pantry. Mrs. Crab does not dig. Both her hands are small and weak. She gets food to put into the pantry, and she never fights. If she is in any trouble she runs home, or to a hole in a rock.
See how strange a crab's eyes look! They are set on pegs; some call them stalks. The crab can push the eye-pegs out and pull them in. How odd would you look if you could make your eyes stand out six inches? When crabs go into their houses, they draw down their eyes and tuck in their feet.
God made crabs with many different colors. He made some that are red, brown, green, yellow, or blue. The claws of crabs are often of a very bright color. The color on their outer "shells" is less bright; this color is in small dots. The color on some kinds of crabs is in lines. No crab is clear, bright red when it is alive. When crabs are cooked in boiling water, their color turns to bright red. Why is this? We cannot tell why the heat makes their color change.
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