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Aesop’s fable of kindness and friendship retold with simple text to help beginner readers develop reading stamina. It’s a hard life being a slave in Ancient Rome. So Androcles escapes to the forest – and comes face to face with a lion. But could the mighty beast and the runaway slave help each other out? Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton. Available as ebook with narration in British English (only on tablets that support audio).

Book information

Age
4+
Key Stage
KS1 E
Lexile Measure
480L
Book Band
Purple
CEFR Level
A2
Hardback with ribbon marker
ISBN: 9780746096918
Extent: 48 pages
Dimensions: 196 x 130mm
Illustrator
Mike and Carl Gordon

Author information

Russell Punter

Russell Punter was born in Bedfordshire, England. From an early age he enjoyed writing and illustrating his own stories. He later trained as a graphic designer at art college in West Sussex before entering publishing. Since then, he has written over fifty books for children, including original fiction in both picture book and young reader formats.

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Press reviews

“The book has clear colour illustrations, helping children understand the words when they are first learning to read. The words used are simple, and along with fun speech bubbles the book will inspire beginner readers. This is one of the books in the Usborne First Reading series. Other titles to look out for in local libraries include "The Inch Prince" and "Danny the Dragon", both by Russell Punter.”

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.
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