The Herd Came in Third

Diphthongs and R-Controlled Vowels

From the Series Phonics Fun

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

I saw her paw on his jaw. With rhyming, carefully leveled text and comedic, colorful illustrations, this book provides plenty of examples of diphthongs and r-controlled vowels and encourages readers to try the sounds for themselves.

Reading is a blast in this hilarious book! Learn about short vowel sounds with sentences that get more complex as you read. The wacky rhymes and colorful art will make phonics fun!

Award-winning author Brian P. Cleary uses his trademark wit and humor to engage emergent readers in these phonics-based books. Each book hones specific skills and builds readers’ confidence.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 1
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2022-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF013120, JNF013100, JNF029000
Dewey 428.1/3
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 400
Guided Reading Level G
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Note to adults, Note to educators, Original artwork, and Reviewed


School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“A charming first look at phonics for early readers . . . With amusing illustrations and delightful rhymes, these books take an entertaining approach to teaching phonics.”—School Library Journal

Author: Brian P. Cleary

Brian P. Cleary is the author of the Words Are CATegorical®, Math Is CATegorical®, Food Is CATegorical™, and Animal Groups Are CATegorical™ series, as well as several picture books. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Illustrator: Jason Miskimins

Jason Miskimins grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from the Columbus College of Art & Design with a BFA in illustration. He currently lives in North Olmsted, Ohio, where he creates illustrations for books and greeting cards.