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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
Kurt, Gert, Jazmine, and Bagel In Their Train Station Adventure is part of a series of books by Irene Dolnick for teaching phonetic sounds to early readers. This book covers the letter combinations -tch, -ag, -ang, -ank, and -ed as suffixes with the pronunciation “d” or “ed” and uses high-frequency words from the Dolch, Fry, and other word lists. These letter combinations are highlighted in red text. To provide an enticing story for a new reader, Dolnick uses her own pet beagles as the inspiration for a dog adventure. Kurt, Gert, Jazmine, and Bagel live in an animal world. They decide on short notice to take a train ride to Phoenix, Arizona but at the train station, one mishap after another splits them up and causes some confusion and excitement, especially when Jazmine sees the dog catcher!
In Kurt, Gert, Jazmine, and Bagel In Their Train Station Adventure, Dolnick combines colorful illustrations, an exciting adventure, and a slew of vocabulary words for new readers. The four beagle friends are happy, adorable, and express care, concern, and thoughtfulness towards each other. Mr. Natcher, the mean dog catcher, is a cat. The beagles clearly describe their concern about being caught by him without tags or microchips, since it would ruin their plans to travel to Phoenix that day. “Mean Natcher could snag us for not having tags. We would be the snags without tags that he would bag,” Bagel says laughing and in rhyme. A useful book for reading specialists, bilingual teachers, or parents of young readers.