Paddington Bear has charmed readers of all ages for almost 60 years! Now part of the I Can Read line, Michael Bond's classic character will delight beginning readers with his curious nature and nose for adventure.
Paddington discovers a love of painting when Mr. Gruber shows him just how fun it can be. But he's not the only one--Mr. Brown has an artistic streak, too. So when a painting contest comes to town, the winning picture is a surprise to all. Because when Paddington is involved, the ordinary turns extraordinary!
Paddington's Prize Picture is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it's perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.
PreS-Gr 2--Paddington is a great helper for his foster family, the Browns. So when Mrs. Brown asks Paddington to go to the market, he happily complies. At the market, Mr. Gruber is always delighted to see Paddington, and on this particular occasion, he shows the bear a painting he was "washing" to uncover a surprise. Paddington's imagination sparks an idea, and he hastens home to use the "washing" technique on a painting that Mr. Brown has been working on to submit to a competition. Ironically, Paddington is unaware of this competition when he unleashes his artistic brushes. Will Mr. Brown recognize his own painting? And more importantly, will the painting have a chance at the competition? This easy-to-read story is told with simple sentences and a hint of new vocabulary beyond basic sight words. The appealing layout complements a natural flow between the humorous text and the pleasant pastel color illustrations. VERDICT An ideal choice for newly independent readers who are ready to read slightly longer paragraphs but need an easy-to-follow plot.--Kathia Ibacache, Simi Valley Public Library, CACopyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.