Reviewed by Me for Kids @ TeensReadToo.com
The FIRST NOVEL series of books are great ways to introduce your children to reading. Whether they are younger children (Grades 1-3) who are just learning to experience reading longer- length books, or older children who are reluctant to read a full-size novel, these books will do the trick.
The great thing about books such as LILLY TAKES THE LEAD is that they also deal with serious subjects in ways that children can understand. In this particular story, Lilly and her friends, Kendall and Theresa, get into an argument over whether or not eating healthy matters. When Kendall, who is in the middle of eating a chocolate bar, begins to call Theresa fat, Lilly tries to keep the peace, with mixed results. When Kendall later collapses during a run, though, all three girls realize that saying is one thing, but doing is another.
This is a nice, easy read with an important message, laid out with very short chapters for children who don't have long attention spans. I highly recommend the FIRST NOVEL books for all beginning or reluctant readers.