This book is a great introduction to word ladders. It is based on the gradual release concept. The first two pages have repeating letters and picture clues included. The third page starts out with both repeating letters and picture clues on the bottom of the page. As students "climb up" the ladder, the repeating letters disappear and only picture clues are left. The fourth page only includes picture clues. And there aren't any repeating letters or picture clues on the fifth page. This is meant for a whole group activity since students will need help reading the clues.