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The Weeping Wombat (Level 3)
Paperback | $5.99 | 64 pages | 6 x 9 inches | 9781944020330 | August 11, 2020
Lexile 490L | Fountas & Pinnell M
“Compelling characters involved in lessons spotlighting life skills” —School Library Journal
The Nocturnals 8-book Early Reader Collection encourages kids at all reading levels who like adventurous stories featuring unusual animals.
In this adventure-filled Level 3 Early Reader, Dawn the serious fox, Tobin the sweet pangolin, and Bismark the wacky sugar glider find their friend Walter the wombat crying under a willow tree. After sharing their feelings, The Nocturnals help Walter realize a good weep can feel great, just like a good laugh!
GREAT FOR BEGINNING READERS AGES 6–8
Teaches Life Skills: Empathy and Expressing Feelings and Emotions.
Perfect for kids who like unusual animals and science!
Bonus Book Content: Nocturnals Fun Facts and Animal Glossary
Download complimentary printable activities on our website: Sight Word Games, Makerspace Crafts, Bingo, Common Core Language Arts Educator Guide, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Activities, and More!
Read All 8 of the Nocturnals Grow & Read Adventures, including Level 3 Early Readers The Chestnut Challenge and The Kooky Kinkajou. These Beginning Readers introduce Life Skills such as Good Sportsmanship, Forgiveness, Imagination, and Accepting New Ideas.
NEW! Get The Nocturnals companion Grow & Read Animal Activity Book to extend the story with animal facts, coloring, drawing games, mazes, puzzles, and more! (Sold separately)
Illustrator: Josie Yee
Color illustrations throughout
Fountas & Pinnell: Guided Reading Level: M
Lexile Ranking: 490L • Grade Level Equivalent: 2-3
Interest Level by Grade: Pre-K to 3rd
What People Are Saying
“The book is aimed at readers just transitioning into more difficult books, while also teaching important social-emotional skills. Yee’s comic illustrations show exactly how characters are feeling and what is being described, and are perfectly in step with the text.”
—School Library Journal
“This banter-filled early reader describes the initial meeting between shy Tobin the pangolin, brash Bismark the sugar glider, and kindhearted Dawn the fox…the pared-down narration and dialogue quickly establish their personalities...Hecht successfully set the stage for more adventurous outings down the road.”
“Vivid illustrations pop off crisp white pages. Brief sentences in an oversize font, separated by plenty of white space, won’t overwhelm nascent readers. This successful endeavor manages to maintain the spirit of the original series while showing respect for new devotees."
“Especially and unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library collections.”
—Midwest Book Review
“The series addresses bullying and empathy in an easy, accessible way, and the books are meant to be read aloud.”
—New York Post
“Young readers will enjoy this spectacular story that is perfect for reading aloud in the classroom, library, or at home. The adorable artwork is engaging with a touch of silliness that is sure to bring a smile to the reader's face… Children can gain the concept of teamwork, the virtue of courage, and the love of reading just by flipping through the pages of this exciting book.”
—Children’s Book and Media Review
“A quirky, humorous book great for beginner readers, with fun illustrations…a great bonus at the end of the book is the fun facts about nocturnal animals.”