As he neared the branch, Marcus was sweating, breathing deeply, and every muscle in his body pained. Sensing he was close to exhaustion, his new friend offered her advice. “If you balance your foot on that one”—she pointed to a joint—“it’s easy to pull yourself onto the branch.”
He mustered all the energy he could and with one big heave managed to balance himself on the branch. “Thanks for the help—I suppose!” he said sarcastically, wondering why she had not offered a hand to help him earlier.
Reading what the expression on his face really meant, she was clever in moving him past resentment. “I remember my first climb and how proud I felt after successfully completing it. I would not be a very good friend if I denied you the same experience,” she said.
This story, as with the other books in the Marcus series, invites young
readers to explore their natural world and experience its wonders
through the eyes of its loveable protagonist.
The syllabic highlighting of text provides young readers greater ease
in applying phonetic understanding to decode new vocabulary. The
rich vocabulary is intentional, and awakens the mind to an exciting
linguistic adventure that will be experienced by the young reader
as a challenge overcome. It is the author’s heartfelt desire that this
story be an initial spark igniting a life-long passion for reading and
unlocking the power of literacy for its readers.