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Usborne Beginners are colourful information books for children beginning to read on their own. Vivid, full colour illustrations and photographs on every page, accompanied by short, informative text. Developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton. Carefully selected internet links to exciting websites to find out more. Great reading practice for children who prefer fact to fiction.

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Key Stage
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Accelerated Reader level
0.5 LY
ISBN: 9780746089989
Leonie Pratt

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My 6 year old found this interesting, informative and readable. His elder sister (9) read through and learned the facts ready to impress teacher on Monday morning and even the two year old liked listening and looking at the pictures. We used it as a start for researching topic work and it has gone into school this week to share with the whole class.

Press reviews

“This is one book from Usborne's 'Beginners' series, which is intended to support young readers who are beginning to read on their own. A clear bold font is used, sentence structure is uncomplicated and full colour illustration throughout. Topics covered include Chinese art, Chinese history, The Great Wall, the Terracotta Army, Buddhism, Chinese writing and food. The book is organised in chapters with structural guiders and, glossary, contents and index. A framework for the Usborne reading programme can be downloaded from the Usborne website ”


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