Sparky Helps Mary Make Friends

From the Series Helper Hounds

  • Interest Level: Grade 1 - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Mary’s new in town. She’s worried about starting classes at her new school. That’s why her mom calls the Helper Hounds—and why Sparkplug, the wildly handsome, wickedly smart, card-carrying, world-famous Helper Hound is on the scene. Sparky knows a thing or two about moving. He moved four times as a puppy, and learned to make new friends along the way. Sparky knows he can teach Mary all his best tricks and help her meet new friends, too. At least Sparky thought he could until he met Custard, Mary’s persnickety cat. Will Sparky’s best tricks be enough to win over Custard and show Mary making friends is nothing to fear?

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Social Studies
Category SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2020
Publisher Red Chair Press
Imprint Red Chair Press
Language English
Number of Pages 72
Publication Date 2020-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV002070, JUV039150, JUV015010
Dewey [E]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.5 x 7.5
Lexile 650
Guided Reading Level M
ATOS Reading Level 3.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 505986
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Endnote, Original artwork, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Caryn Rivadeneira

Caryn Rivadeneira dreamed of two things as a kid: being a writer and having lots of dogs. Both came true. Caryn and her rescued pit bull live in the Chicago suburbs.

Illustrator: Priscilla Alpaugh

Priscilla Alpaugh holds a BFA in painting and illustration, as well as an MFA in illustration. She has painted murals, mailboxes, and traffic light boxes. Now Priscilla works creating beautiful images for children's books.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

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