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Ready? Set. Raymond!
Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [2002]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24₁ cm.
Three stories in which a little boy does everything fast, from brushing his teeth to making friends to running races.
Slow down, Raymond -- Raymond and Roxy -- New sneakers.
Reading Level:
AD 170 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.3 0.5 68081.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.7 1 Quiz: 33626 Guided reading level: I.

Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
J READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
J READER Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Readers
READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
READER Juvenile Fiction Readers

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Raymond likes to do everything fast-from brushing his teeth to going to school to making new friends. In three easy-to-read stories, readers follow Raymond on a typical super-fast day, see him make a new friend, and run a race!

Author Notes

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson is the author of many books for children, including Almost to Freedom, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book. She was the winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award for Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal. She works as a librarian in New Mexico, where she lives with her husband.

Derek Anderson is an illustrator known for Hot Rod Hamster Meets His Match!, Little Quack's New Friend, Hot Ro Hamster and the Haunted Halloween Party, Ten Hungry Pigs and many more.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

K^-Gr. 1. This collection of episodes from the Step into Reading series features Raymond, an African American boy who likes to do things fast. The first little story shows that from the moment he rises from bed--with a bound that sends the cat bouncing into the air--until he falls fast asleep at night, Raymond does everything at top speed. In the second tale, new neighbors move in next door and Raymond makes a fast friend. The third story shows Raymond slowing down temporarily as he puts on his new, white sneakers and tries to keep them clean before a race. More than most books for beginning readers, this one creates a distinguishable character whose stories spring from his personality. Elements of humor enhance both text and illustrations. Though the artwork looks a little dark at times, even in daylight scenes, Anderson's overall style and, in particular, his depiction of characters greatly enhance this entertaining choice for young readers. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-2-This book contains three short vignettes about an enthusiastic African-American boy who "does things fast," whether going through his day, making a new friend, or running a race. Emerging readers will identify with Raymond, and the repetitive phrases will help them grasp the concepts as well as the words; the lively color illustrations suit the text well. This title is a solid addition to beginning-reader collections.-Kay Bowes, Concord Pike Library, Wilmington, DE (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.