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Julius by Syd Hoff
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In my opinion, I think this book is great for emerging readers. While the plot may not be top notch, it allows for students who depend highly on illustrations to read successfully and fluently. The plot involves a child coaxing a Gorilla to perform in his father’s circus. This engages young readers because to them animals have human –like qualities and they like to pretend that they can speak, make decisions, and the like. Because the plot hooks them in, they are able to focus on the writing. Most of the pages are taken up by illustrations, so there is little writing on each page. This allows students to use the imagery to figure out text by using context clues. Also, students who are emerging readers are not so overwhelmed by multiple lines of text and can focus on reading fluently. Additionally, the illustrations themselves depict scenes from the circus and the jungle, which is interesting to young readers. It enhances the story and gives them something to picture in their mind so that they can piece the story together while they are reading. There are pictures of the gorilla sitting at a table with the main character using a fork and knife and having conversation with people, which fits the personification in the text. The central idea of the story is that Julius, the gorilla, is a friendly circus member and enjoys being in the company of people. ( )
  Sulick1 | Feb 27, 2014 |
Davy went with his father on an adventure. While everyone else was tired and took a nap, Julius kept searching for a gorilla. While he was continuing to walk by himself he was hit by something. He asked out loud who that was and with his surprise he got a response from a gorilla, named Julius. Julius and Davy played until it was time to go. Julius headed back to the city with Davy. ( )
  achatela | Apr 26, 2013 |
  BRCSBooks | Aug 17, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060224916, Library Binding)

Julius, an enterprising gorilla, leaves the jungle for a circus job. -The I Can Read group will be glad to be introduced to his surprising talents and his fun with the circus people.’ —H.

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A gorilla becomes a star attraction at the circus and frightens away his audience.

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