Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 6 to 8
- Grade: 1 to 3
- Reading age: 6 to 8
A decodable book featuring four phonics stories specially designed to help children of all abilities overcome language-based learning difficulties.
Besties Meg and Greg are off to sleep-away camp for the summer! Along with your standard camp activities (swimming and making crafts) the duo have a run-in with a skunk, sing a silly song about a king, go on a canoe trip that has one glitch after another, and make a mess in the lodge with a fresh batch of fudge!
Frank and the Skunk is the second book in the Orca Two Read series designed for shared reading between a child learning to read or struggling to read and an experienced reader, following A Duck in a Sock. Inside you'll find four stories that introduce one new phonogram (a letter or combination of letters that represent a sound) in each story: nk, ng, tch and dge phonograms. The stories have special features to help a child with dyslexia or another language-based learning difficulty find reading success.
About the authors
Elspeth Rae has a BEd from Simon Fraser University and is a certified Orton-Gillingham teacher for children with dyslexia and other language-learning difficulties. Elspeth was diagnosed with dyslexia at age eight and received Orton-Gillingham instruction during her school years. As a certified teacher, she works as a literacy specialist in the public school system, where she teaches reading, spelling and writing to children ages five to thirteen. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and three children.
Rowena Rae worked as a biologist specializing in aquatic ecosystems in Canada and New Zealand before becoming a freelance writer, editor and children’s author. She is the author of Rachel Carson and Ecology for Kids, as well as Chemical World and Upstream, Downstream in the Orca Footprints line. Rowena writes both fiction and nonfiction from her home in Victoria, British Columbia.
Elisa Gutiérrez is an award-winning designer, author and illustrator. Her book Picturescape was short-listed for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, was honored by the Alcuin Society and was the subject of a scholarly paper by the renowned Dr. Lawrence Sipe. Elisa has designed over 100 books and specializes in book design for children. Born and raised in Mexico City, Elisa now lives in Vancouver.
- Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
“A number of reading features to assist struggling or dyslexic readers...Comic-style illustrations are engaging and add humour to the story...The four stories are well-paced...The partnering of the adult/buddy’s reader’s page and the kid’s page works beautifully.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“A thoughtfully designed storybook adds another helpful tool to the box for readers who need support.”