Series: Very First Reading: Book 1
By Mairi Mackinnon
An exciting story to inspire very beginner readers. Based on the principles of synthetic phonics, supports the "Letters and Sounds" programme used in thousands of UK primary schools. Adult and child take turns to read, and the child’s text uses only the letters s a t p i n m d. Fun puzzles test understanding, and provide opportunities for discussion and further reading practice.
Mairi Mackinnon has lived in England, Scotland, France, Italy and Spain, and worked as an English teacher, translator and tour manager before joining Usborne. Over the years, she has edited Usborne books in English, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Welsh. She has worked extensively on books for beginner readers, such as Usborne Very First Reading, and developed the Usborne English Readers series for young English language learners. She has also worked on the Usborne Foundation’s popular phonics game, Teach your Monster to Read.
Awarded to the Usborne Very First Reading series. For the Teachers' Choice Award, teachers who are also parents evaluate books, games, websites, electronics, and more — to choose the best tools for at-home learning.
Awarded to the Usborne Very First Reading series. The award's aim is to identify and reward excellence in educational products that have been designed for children in Key Stage 1.
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This is just what I was looking for. My three year old is very keen to start reading and is learning the connection between letters and sounds - he can't actually read right now, but the simple rhymes in the book make it easy for children to remember the words. He has taken ownership of the right hand side of the book and 'reads' the words himself with his finger under them. The story is great - though there is one page that doesn't scan very well. My son also enjoys the puzzles at the back of the book. We shall be buying more - I hope the others in the series are as good as Pirate Pat.
“Thank you, Usborne, for producing a series of books that really work, that see story and content as important as skill level, and are genuinely engaging for children (and adults- I’m having a great time too!) Thank you for teaching my daughter to read.”
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