Seven and eight year old's will often fall into the transitional reader category. The transitional reader is exemplified through a more independent reader, who is able to use phonics and page clues to access meaning and flow through the story. Interests of the reader have begun to evolve and mature content is more critical to the reader. Parents only gentle coaxing should be needed at this level.
Carlota is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the family who is adopting her. She imagines that they might be astronauts, pastry chiefs or even pirates. And then Carlota finds out that the Lopez family is the best family in the world.
Celebrates all the things for which to be thankful, from boats and cars to alligator acrobats and gigantic dinomachines, and from the things that can be seen everyday to the bad things that may turn out to be good.
Having to take her younger sister along the first time she is invited to a birthday party spoils Rubina's fun, and later when that sister is asked to a party and baby sister wants to come, Rubina must decide whether to help.
After helping her mother weed, water, and chase the rabbits from their garden, a young girl imagines her dream garden complete with jellybean bushes, chocolate rabbits, and tomatoes the size of beach balls.
Jessie, a subway car "born" in St. Louis, Missouri, enjoys many years as an important part of the New York City subway system, and after she is replaced by more modern cars she begins another important job.