Jessica has a hard time reading especially in front of the class. The school is going to have a play and Jessica had to read in it. Jessica tries to rehearse her part but keeps messing up. She practices on her dog Wiggles and doesn't mess up. When she reads her part in the play she pretends to read to Wiggles and does amazing.
I would use this book during the first few weeks of class to help students learn that it is okay to not be great at reading and that reading takes practice. It would also be a great introduction for reading buddies.
Lexile level: AD500L