This controlled-vocabulary chapter book is written for developing readers in grades 3 and beyond. Sam, a 10-year-old with physical mobility problems, wants to do something impossible. Clinging to his dream, he learns about friendship, trust, courage, and the power of imagination. The vocabulary beyond one or two syllables emphasizes consonant-l-e words with suffixes and words ending in -ment. More
"Fishing with Balloons" is a phonetically controlled chapter book written by an experienced teacher. In it, we meet Sam, a likeable 10-year-old, and his 85-year-old fishing friend Zo, who shows him how a physical disability is not a barrier to his aspirations. Clinging to his dream, Sam learns about friendship, trust, courage, and the power of imagination. Within a story that holds developing readers' interest, this book emphasizes the phonetic families of consonant-l-e words with suffixes and words ending in "-ment".
Midwest Book Review calls it a "warm-hearted story" and says that it is "written in such a manner that nearly all its vocabulary is only one or two syllables long, so as to be accessible to young readers as low as grade three."