Katy Duck and the Tip-Top Tap Shoes (Ready to Read: Level One)

by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (Author) Henry Cole (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Katy Duck meets a new friend AND learns a new dance in this encouraging tale for beginning readers.


There's a new student in Mr. Tutu's dance class! When dancing diva Katy Duck meets Alice, she thinks Alice has forgotten her ballet slippers! Instead, Alice is ready to make some noise in a pair of tip-top tap shoes! Together, Katy and Alice learn that sharing can be fun...and that there is always more to learn!

With sweet text from bestselling author Alyssa Satin Capucilli and bright, friendly illustrations from Henry Cole, this encouraging Level 1 Ready-to-Read story is sure to be a favorite for beginning readers!
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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2--When a new duck joins Katy Duck's ballet class, she is wearing tap shoes instead of ballet slippers, and Katy loves the sound they make. By the end of the class, the two new friends have learned that sharing gives them both new experiences. This Level One reader has a simple story with large, expressive illustrations. A few words will require assistance, like "ballet," "floated," and "Alice," but for the most part the vocabulary is repetitive and easy to sound out, providing good practice for building fluency. In Inch, an inchworm slithers into a small hole to hide from a bird. She is soon joined by a beetle and a dragonfly. The small space soon becomes crowded and all are relieved when Inch announces that the bird has flown away and they can all climb out again. This story provides a little bit of excitement as the friends hide from danger and share shelter from a predator. Easy sight vocabulary with good rhyming words will support young readers, and the illustrations are colorful and expressive. Cupcake, a Level 2 reader, features longer sentences, chapters, and more challenging vocabulary. Mom agrees to buy cupcakes at the grocery store, with the promise that they will be saved for dessert. After dinner, one is missing, and Jade confesses to the dog that she ate it. Her parents are sad when she eventually comes clean but praise her for telling the truth. The message is gentle but well made. Colorful and straightforward artwork provides additional drama to the mystery. Three good beginning readers.--Mary Hazelton, formerly at Warren & Waldoboro Elementary Schools, ME

Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Alyssa Satin Capucilli is the award-winning creator and author of the Katy Duck series and the bestselling Biscuit series, which has sold over twenty-four million copies. A dancer as well as a writer, she lives with her family in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

Henry Cole has written and illustrated more than 150 books for children, including Spot, the Cat; And Tango Makes Three; Oink?; and Little Bo in France. He is also the illustrator of With a Little Help from My Friends by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. A former elementary school teacher, he now writes and paints full time.
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Guided Reading Level
Simon Spotlight
Publication date
January 20, 2013
Ready to Read: Level One
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV031020 - Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Dance
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
JUV002280 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Ducks, Geese, Etc.
Library of Congress categories
Tap dancing

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