Item description for Jake Helps Out (I Can Read 2) by Crystal Bowman & Karen Maizel...
Overview Jake wants very much to help his family get ready for a picnic at the lake, but everything he does seems to turn out wrong.
Publishers Description Jake is excited about going to the beach with Mother, Father, and his little sister, Kelly. He wants to help out so they can be on their way. After spilling the milk, breaking a plate, and sloshing pickle juice in the picnic basket, he finally goes to his room feeling like he's just in the way. While waiting for Mother and Father to finish the chores, he reads books to Kelly. When they get to the beach, Jake helps Kelly build a sand castle and teaches her how to swim. At the end of the day, Mother and Father explain to Jake that he was a big helper even though he didn't realize it.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.62" Height: 0.12" Weight: 0.16 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2007
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Grade Level Grade School
Series I Can Read Books - Jake
Series Number 4
ISBN 0310714575 ISBN13 9780310714576 UPC 025986714574
Availability 0 units.
More About Crystal Bowman & Karen Maizel
Crystal Bowman is an accomplished speaker and author of over 40 children's books including several titles in the Little Blessings series, such as Is God Always with Me? and Devotions for Preschoolers (Tyndale), and a holiday board book series (Zonderkidz) including Jesus, Me, and My Christmas Tree, J is for Jesus, and An Easter Gift for Me. She is involved with MOPS and Hearts at Home and is a frequent guest on Christian radio programs. Crystal resides in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and in Grand Rapids, MI.
Crystal Bowman currently resides in Grand Rapids, in the state of Michigan.
Reviews - What do customers think about Jake Helps Out (I Can Read 2)?
A great early reader Jun 23, 2009
Crystal Bowman's Jake Helps Out is an ideal book for young kids who find their attempts at helping often end in a big mess.
In this stage 2 "I Can Read!" book, a cute young rabbit named Jake anxiously waits for his parents to finish chores so the whole family can go to the lake. Attempting to be useful, Jake helps his little sister get her cereal - and spills milk all over the table. He tries to wash the dishes - but breaks a plate. He helps pack the picnic basket - but spills sticky, smelly pickle juice all over it. "I'm sorry," Jake says. "I just wanted to help." As his parents calmly clean up after him, his mother replies, "We don't need your help right now."
Feeling useless, Jake mopes in his room. Then his sister asks him to read to her. They read several books before their parents announce it's time to go to the lake. Once on sunny shores, Jake makes a sand castle with his sister, then teaches her how to float in the water. When everyone sits down for lunch, Mother tells Jake what a big help he is. Jake protests, recounting his series of messes that morning. His parents tell him everyone has accidents, and that Jake was, indeed, very helpful when he read to his little sister, taught her to make a sand castle, and taught her how to float.
"You are important to our family," Mother says. "God made you a big helper," Father says. Jake is happy God made him a helper and that his family needs him.
Throughout, Karen Maizel's illustrations are both cute and illuminating. My nearly-four year old loves this character and his foibles, which are nicely expressed by Maizel.
What I Like: Jake is a character all young children can relate to, and Bowman and Maizel do a great job dealing with a topic that really does impact children's self esteem: Chores and being helpers.
What I Dislike: Nothing. Some parents may feel the Christian content in this book is thin; this is true with many of Zonderkidz's "I Can Read!" books. However, if you approach the book as something with good, wholesome content that doesn't exclude God from life, I think this book is an excellent addition to any young reader's library.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Kristina Seleshanko, Managing Editor Christian Children's Book Review