Genre- Science Fiction

Title: Commander Toad and the Voyage Homecommander-toad

Author: Jane Yolen

Publisher: G.P. Putman’s Sons

Date: 1998

Age Level: Elementary (3-4)

Summary: Commander Toad sets off in “Space Warts,” his space machine, to explore but runs into troubles on his voyage home.

Strengths: I enjoyed the fun writing of Yolen. Her writing is fairly simple to read, so it would be good for beginning readers. I thought the writing was very descriptive and really emphasized the expressions and emotions of the characters in the book. It was just an overall fun book to read. There is a series of Commander Toad books so if students enjoy this book they can have more just like it to choose from.

Concerns: I thought the book was so simple that it kind of made the book just silly. I don’t know how I would feel as a teacher if one of my students got hooked on this book and wanted to continue reading more books in the series. I think they are good for beginners.

Classroom Use: This book would be great to influence struggling readers to read. The book is simple enough to read so it could boost their confidence. It is also fun and students that like sci-fiction stories would get really caught up in the book.

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