The Berenstain Bears Ride the Thunderbolt is a Step 1 reader by the Berenstains. This means its the easiest level of books to read, intended for the preschool to kindergarten age group. Though the story leaves much to be desired as there are few words per page and huge print, the bears do not disappoint with the illustrations. Who doesn't love the idea of a roller coaster, even if you've long lost your taste for riding them like me? Frankly, you could ignore the words and haven an excellent picture book to discuss. For example, while Papa Bear purchases tickets, Brother and Sister are wide-eyed and as eager as can be. Mama looks a bit apprehensive as she glances up the seemingly endless roller coaster. As the coaster takes its plunge, though Mama has to hold onto her hat, she's clearly enjoying herself as are the kids, while poor Papa Bear looks absolutely terrified. At the end, it's Mama Bear who has to accompany the kids on their second ride as Papa Bear's just a wee bit too green to try again.
I wouldn't recommend this book as a read aloud as it's too short and simple, but definitely a good contender for your beginning readers. I'd check it out at your local library or look for it at garage sales.
Source: Library Book