The Monkey in the Rocket Author:Jean Bethell This story is based on an actual event--the launching of our first monkey into space. It is a subject of high interest to today's youngsters, and lends itself to dramatization and the discussion of space exploration. — *This story has been carefully written to keep the young reader's interest high. — *It is told in a simple, open style, with a st... more »rong rhythm that adds enjoyment both to reading aloud and silent reading.
*There is a very high % of words repeated. It is this skillful repetition which helps the child to read independently. Seeing words again and again, he "practices" the vocavulary he knows, and learns with ease the words that are new.
*Only 156 different words have been used, with plurals and root words counted once.
79 words-half the total vocabular-are used at least three times.