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Monday, December 6, 2021

The Adventures of Doc Leeda - A Color-Coded Approach to Reading (Help for Dyslexia) by Mindy Reese + giveaway

The Adventures of Doc Leeda is a set of 11 books that use a color-coded technique for different phonetic sounds and features a fun female veterinarian that can communicate with animals. The color-coding approach for sound recognition helps children build reading confidence while simultaneously retaining the basic sound concepts and phonics lessons.

by Mindy Reese
Subject/Genre: Fiction/Instructional
Interest Level: Ages 5-9 / Grades K - 5
Readability: Lexile 450-530
ISBN: 978-1-63402-369-6
Publisher: HNB
Doc Leeda is a vet with a magical power—she can speak to and understand animals. Join her as she cares for sick and injured animals—and helps young readers learn the many ways to spell vowel phonemes.

Designed for teachers, parents, and aides to use in one-to-one and small-group learning, each book focuses on one phoneme, which is highlighted each time it appears in the text. Engaging full-color illustrations appear on every story page. Each book includes directions for an adult helper, and a review of concepts for the student.

Trey the Horse Gets a New Home (“long a” sound)
Trey the gray horse has come to live at Jane’s farm. Trey is afraid, until he meets Kay, who also lives on the farm. They make friends and trot off to play.

Lilly the Monkey Becomes a Mom (“long e” sound)
Lilly the monkey is about to give birth. When Doc Leeda examines Lilly, she has a big surprise for her. Zookeeper Haley doesn’t know why Lilly makes such a screech.

Niles the Bison Gets Hurt (“long i” sound)
Doc Leeda takes a bike ride and finds a bison lying down with a cut in his side. Doc Leeda takes care of him, then makes sure no other animals get hurt!

Odin the Goat Gets Sick (“long o” sound)
Odin the goat has eaten something that made him sick. Doc Leeda can’t figure out what Odin ate. But Sloan the toad and Bo the crow solve the mystery.

Sister Elephants Disagree (“short e” sound)
Emma and Ellen are sister elephants who have had a fight. The elephants said it was about food! Doc Leeda helps the elephants make up and share better!

Nick the Stingray Needs Help
 (“short i” sound)
Doc Leeda and her friend Lynn go swimming. They find a stingray tangled in a fish hook and line. Leeda wants to help him, but he has to promise not to sting her!

Molly the Otter Is Rescued (“short o” sound)
After a storm, two otters and an octopus wash up on the rocks. One otter is hurt. The octopus has lost an arm. They can’t go home until they are well!

Hunter the Duckling Is Lost (“short u” sound)
Doc Leeda’s dog, Rusty, finds a young duck under a shrub. The duckling has cut his foot. Doc Leeda takes care of him. Then she has to find his mother!

Dawson the Hawk Saves a Fawn (“aw” sound)
Doc Leeda and her dog take a hike. They find a hawk with his claw stuck. They free the hawk, who launches into the air. Then the hawk finds a hurt fawn. It’s a busy day for Doc Leeda!

Helping Brownie the Cow (“ow” sound)
Brownie the cow has hurt her hoof. When Doc Leeda goes to the barn, she hears a loud squeak. It is Clouse the mouse. Both Brownie and Clouse need Doc Leeda’s help!

Lou the Kangaroo Gets Adopted (“long oo” sound)
The zoo has a new baby kangaroo named Lou. Doc Leeda and Zookeeper Lucy explain to a group of kids that Lou lost his mother. They want another kangarooOona, to adopt him. Will Oona take him?

About the Author:
Mindy Reese’s book series The Adventure Doc Leeda was inspired by her children. Upon learning that her daughters had Dyslexia, she decided to use the background skills from her Master's research on visual stimuli effects on memory to help them with their reading difficulties.

Before writing children's books, Mindy was an engineer. After working in commercial aerospace, starting and selling an engineering consulting company, and working for the federal government she became a Stay-at-Home-Mom (SAHM) in order to focus more on her two children.  Mindy lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, two daughters, and a super sweet dog. She now homeschools her daughters full time and writes on the side.

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