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Summary: Explore the fanciful worlds of Laurie the Ladybug, Richard and Rosco (a rhino and a raven), and Thing-a-ma-Jig and Thing-a-ma-Bob. Then go to the Secret City of Snails. In each place you'll practice your reading and letter sounds. This is a book that heps children recognize and practice phonics. It comes with a CD.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 5 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 6
Reading Level: 0.5
Age of Child: Started reading with 5½-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child loves Laurie and Thing-a-ma-Jig and Thing-a-ma-Bob. We were reading these stories over and over for a week. S/He loved the activities at the end of each story.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a very creative presentation of letter sounds and phonics. The author includes helpful factual details and resources for parents. We particularly like the natural story-telling presentation. They are complete well-crafted stories, not alliterative poetry!
Pros: The book offers great stories, regardless of speech abilities. They present the use of letter sounds L, R, S, TH in anaturalstorytelling style.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. Your child (regardless of speech level) will enjoy these stories.
Educational Themes: On the surface, this is a book to help children with pronunciation for four often-mispronounced or delayed letter sounds (L, R, S, TH). However, within each story there are lessons for the main characters.