American hero legends & poems from African & European traditions - Part of a five book series with over 125 multi-cultural stories and poems that complement the pedagogical intentions of the language arts curriculum. - Progressively controlled and increasingly rich sight and phonetic vocabulary development from story to story and book to book. Progressively developing sentence structures from story to story. - All stories are designed for forty-five minute periods, including instruction and discussion time. - Grade four book introduces the reading of non-standard English and various narrative voices, as well as seeding the legendary backgrounds that enrich the grade five geography curriculum.