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Mar 22 2012

Ready to read level 1 by Sarah Creese

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Scholastic, 2012.
(Age: 5-7) Recommended.This is a series of non fiction books for beginning readers that will particularly appeal to boys, although girls would enjoy them as well. From the tantalising moving covers to the excellent photos inside, each book has been designed for maximum appeal and all titles would be quite difficult to resist picking up from the shelves, particularly if placed face out.
Each book is made up of the same sections. There is an amazing facts chapter that has high interest information that will fascinate young readers. Bright photographs are very appealing and on occasion are often tagged with a word describing different parts of the object being portrayed. For example, in Extreme animals, the section on the tiger has a photo broken up into smaller sections, each labelled with the appropriate word. This device would be useful to teach new words to the beginning reader. There is also a quiz, a picture dictionary; a key words section; and ideas for parents to encourage and improve their child's reading.
I had no problem spending the time to read these books from cover to cover, as I was fascinated by the fabulous illustrations and intriguing facts. I believe that they would be a very useful aid in helping children to learn to read as well as learning interesting facts.

Mighty Machines. ISBN 9781742831190. This book describes large machines like dump trucks, transporter, giant excavators, and wheel loader, and a mobile crane.
Dangerous dinos. ISBN 9781742831213. Images of the  incredible dinosaurs that lived on Earth millions of years ago.
Sharks. ISBN 9781742831206. Photos of many different sharks bring their appearance and habitat alive.
Extreme animals. ISBN9781742831169. This books explores the tallest, the fastest, the oldest and the Largest of animals.
Slithering snakes. ISBN 9781742831176. This books looks at the scaly skin of snakes and how they can climb trees and swim.
Bugs. ISBN 9781742831183. Photos of all sorts of bugs from bees to ants illustrate what bugs can do.
Pat Pledger

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