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A series of fun stories using very simple synthetic phonic-based text. Synthetic phonic learning is the process of reading by sounding the individual sounds of a word and then blending them together to read the word as a whole. With fold out flaps to make the reading experience more interactive. Written in conjunction with an educational psychology expert.

Book information

Key Stage
Book Band
Accelerated Reader level
0.5 LY
ISBN: 9780746077221
Extent: 16 pages + fold out flaps
Dimensions: 210 x 210mm
Phil Roxbee Cox
Stephen Cartwright

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Very riveting tail about a fox on a box.
“Very very good”

Press reviews

“Usborne's series of children's first reading books will forever be associated with the delightful illustrations of Steven Cartwright, who was the publisher's de-facto in-house artist until his untimely death in 2004. The charming images are combined with perfectly pitched storylines and simple rhyming sentences based on phonetic learning principles that will make learning to read a real joy for kids. And, of course, in true Cartwright tradition, there's a little yellow duck to find on every page to make the experience even more fun.”


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Resources for this book

  • Find out more
    Find out more about synthetic phonics in the parent’s area of the Usborne Very First Reading website.