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The fascinating history of castles told for children just beginning to read growing in reading confidence and ability. Explains in a lively way why castles were first built, what it was like to live in one, and the cunning tricks used to defend them. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton. Also available with an audio CD with a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

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Hardback with ribbon marker
ISBN: 9780746080559
Extent: 64 pages
Dimensions: 196 x 130mm
Hardback with CD
ISBN: 9780746089064
Extent: 64 pages
Dimensions: 196 x 130mm
Lesley Sims
Terri Gower

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“Good Book”
This is a funny, good book. I think everyone would like this book, big or small and it has lots of information in it too.
Bought this for my 4-year-old to appease him on a long journey and it is still going strong 2 years later. The narration on the audio CD is excellent; the music and sound effects are fun and the book really makes castles come alive. I recommend you get the version with the CD - my boy is now learning to read for himself and there is much extra mileage to be had for the extra quid!

Resources for this book

  • Usborne Reading Programme
    Find out more about the Usborne Reading Programme, download a chart of the seven levels and watch an interview with reading consultant Alison Kelly.