Bibliographic Information: West, Tracey. Pokémon: I Choose You! New York: Scholastic, 1995.
Ash Ketchum had always wanted to be a Pokémon trainer, and the next day Professor Oak would give each child their first companion for their journey. Ash woke up late and was given the last Pokémon, a stubborn Pikachu. The mouse zapped Ash, but he was determined. He set out and tried to catch a bird Pidgey, but accidentally angered a bird Spearow instead. A flock attacked Ash and Pikachu, who was badly hurt. He borrowed a girl named Misty’s bike to take Pikachu to a health center, with every intention of returning it. The bike got trashed on the way, and Misty was angry with Ash. The mouse was okay after medical attention, but Team Rocket, a notorious evil organization, tried to steal all the Pokémon from the center. Ash and Misty beat them in Pokémon battle and travelled to the next town. They met Brock, who joined them. Ash battled the town’s gym leader but lost, and Pikachu was badly injured again. They trained, and beat the leader this time. Ash and friends visit a colony of Pikachu, which Team Rocket decided to steal. The kids thwart them again, and continue their journey.
Quantitative Reading Level: Lexile: 460; Accelerated Reader: 3.3
Qualitative Reading Analysis:
This book is written in third-person, focusing on Ash’s Pokémon journey. It teaches about how perseverence and kindness earn friends. The text is 3rd grade reading level.
Content Area: English
Content Area Standard:
CCSS for Literature for K-5: #1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text; #3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges; #7 Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story; #10 Read and comprehend literature in grade level text complexity range.
CCSS for Informational Text for K-5: #2 Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text; #7 Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
CCSS for Foundational Skills for K-5: #4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
This is a great chapter book to use for independent reading in English Language Arts Curriculum. It is best suited to 3rd grade through 5th grade. It explores themes like friendship and adventure.