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A Japanese folktale retold with simple text to help beginner readers develop reading stamina. When Mrs. Ping wishes for a little child, that’s exactly what she gets. But there’s something very unusual about this particular boy. 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
Turquoise
CEFR Level
A2
Illustrator
Matt Ward

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.

Read more about Russell Punter

English Learner’s Editions

Usborne English Learner’s Editions are selected titles from the Usborne Reading Programme that are available with CD recordings in British and American English, and with downloadable worksheets and teacher’s notes.

To find out more about English Learner’s Editions, and download the free worksheets and teacher’s notes go to www.usborne.com/englishlearnerseditions.

Collected teacher’s notes and student’s worksheets (photocopiable format) can also be purchased as paperback books.

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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