Thato’s Birthday Surprise

Thato's Birthday SurpriseThato’s Birthday Surprise – Thato’s birthday is near and her mothers is planning a big surprise for him. He gets excited and think of the gift that he is about to receive. Everyday before his birthday he imagines what kind of gift it will be.

This is a Level 2 book from Storyweaver and Bookdash. Level 2 books are suited for children who can recognize familiar words. This book is perfect to introduce days of the week for early readers.

Author: Corinne Lamoral-Rosmarin
Illustrator: Brad Cuzen

Text and Images from Thato’s Birthday Surprise

Birthday SurpriseIt is one week until Thato’s birthday.
That’s seven whole days!

Birthday SurpriseHis mama says:
“Your birthday present will be a BIG surprise!”
Thato wonders: what will it be?

Birthday SurpriseOn Monday Thato thinks:
“Maybe I will get giant wings
so I can fly high in the sky like a bird…”

Birthday SurpriseOn Tuesday Thato thinks:
“Maybe I will have a birthday
cake as big as a house!”

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