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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Summary: This book is along the veins of Dick and Jane. Most of the words are short, 3-letter words. There are a series of stories, and each story is 4-5 pages long, with a 5-6 word sentence on each page. There are illustrations on each page that correspond well to the story, and help the reader make out the story. This is an easy reader for Kindergartners and first graders designed to help them understand word families
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, learning to read, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 7
Interest Level: 4 to 6
Reading Level: 1.4
Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: My son enjoyed the book. He read it well and needed some help, but he wanted to read it again.
Adult Reader Reaction: I think it is a great book for learning to read. I liked that it was broken up into very short stories, so we could read as long as there was interest and not too much frustration. The pictures were not overly wonderful, but they did the job of making the material more interesting for the child and put some nice color on the pages. The characters were cute. There was a lot of repetition of words and word families, which reinforced reading through the repetition of the sounds. Each story covered a word family, but I wish it had been a bit longer, to extend and reinforce more deeply the range of words possible in each word family.
Pros: Colorful images complement simple text to make this a great choice for developing readers. The ord families and word repetition are especially useful.
Cons: None, really. I wish some of the stories were a bit longer.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. It is a great reading primer worth the purchase if you have multiple children who will grow through it.