Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"The Natalie Series" by: Dandi Daley Mackall

Recently, I expressed to our Zondervan blogger review contact, that I would love to find a good beginner reader chapter series for Emma.  It wasn't long before I recieved two of The Nat Series by Dandi Daley Mackall.

Emma has become quite the little first grade reader and can breeze through a storybook in no time.  But though she's reading very well, some of the larger children's novels seemed to be too overwhelming in size for her to get the courage to dive right into.

When I pulled the Natalie books out of the box from Zondervan, Emma quickly grabbed, Natalie and the One of a Kind Wonderful Day!

 and took off to her room..  It wasn't long before she was reporting to me about the omelet that Natalie was trying to make and how she spilled sugar all over the floor (we'll leave that one for them to straighten out at cooking camp this summer).  The books have adorable illustrations every few pages of a fun loving little girl named Natalie.  And with the short chapters and illustrations every so often, they work as perfect introductions to chapter books.

 I knew Emma had become a fan of the books but I became a fan when Emma brought me a little report that she wrote about the second book she read: "Natalie Really Very Much Wants to Be a Star". 

You can read the report that Emma wrote over on her blog, "Hope for The People"!  I think Emma's report is the most convincing proof we have of the newfound treasure we've found in "The Nat Series" And if I do so say myself, I found her report quite adorable..

We look forward to finishing off our Nat Collection this summer! You can browse one of the Natalie books here: