May Saves the Day

Illustrated by Serena Lombardo
Capstone Publishing

May is the picture of a successful businesswoman. After all, she is founder and sole proprietor of Word Saver, Inc. Armed with her bag of letters, May saves the day again and again, turning angry BEES into playful BEETS and a rampaging BEAR into a silly BEARD. Trusty lasso in hand, Stu begs to be her sidekick. May is insistent that a businesswoman does not need a sidekick. However, when a tornado threatens the town, May quickly realizes that teamwork may be the word of the day.

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A clever presentation of literacy in action. –Kirkus

This book is a terrific way to engage early readers in exploring letter knowledge and phonics. In addition to its lighthearted and humorous wordplay, this empowering tale deftly conveys the message that there is value in teamwork, and emphasizes themes of problem-solving and friendship. Lively, expressive illustrations complement the story‚Äôs energetic text. VERDICT A great choice for an early elementary school read-aloud. –School Library Journal