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Bob Books First! [Paperback]

Bobby Lynn Maslen , John Maslen
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  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Box Pck edition (May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439845009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439845007
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 10.8 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bob Books Set 1: Beginning Readers teach a child letter sounds with Bob Books Set 1! With four letters in the first story children can read a whole book. Consistent new sounds are added gradually until young readers have read books with all letters of the alphabet (except Q). Short vowels and three-letter words in simple sentences make Bob Books Set 1 a fun confidence builder. With little books come big success.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Books are brilliant! 6 Sep 2007
Format:Paperback
I had been looking for some books for my daughter who was coming up to 4 and had learnt her letters at nursery using the jolly phonics system. She really enjoyed the songs and movements but I wanted her to be able to put some letters together to form words. The trouble is all first readers books seemed to rely on memory or pictures rather than working it out - a lot of them have pictures of familiar items with labels underneath eg drum, apple, etc. When I found Bob Books I was delighted. She took to them straight away because she could work it out - m a t spells mat. Most of the words in these books can be worked out like this, and once she had grasped the concept of joining the sounds up to make words there was no stopping her. She got really excited whenever she reached the end of the book and could read 'The End!! And as there are 12 in the box there was always another one to move onto. I would thoroughly recommend these books for pre-schoolers who are raring to go, know their letters, love books and have a sense of humour - they are briliant!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for teaching your child to read 6 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My daughter (nearly 4) is very comfortable with her alphabet - largely thanks using to LeapFrog Fridge Phonicsfor the past year or 2.

I bought these books to go the next step, and take advantage of her interest in letters and words. Schools are all using phonics to teach reading these days, so to fit in with what they learn at school, do use a phonics system.

They are perfect. 12 very short books based on (book 1) 4 sounds, and adding 2-3 sounds for subsequent books. A few minutes work will finish the book.

Make sure your child is reading ready first. A sound knowledge of the alphabet, and an interest in words is important. Ensure that they know the phonic (sound of the word) and not just the letter name.

You will need an understanding of phonics yourself - not all of us learned to read this way - and some sense of how to blend the sounds to make a word. A "teach your child to read" book may help you with this. ( Teach Your Child To Read : A Phonic Reading Guide for Parents and Teachers is one resource. I haven't read it personally.)

The child is learning a challenging new skill. You will need patience. Make it into a game as far as possible (My wife is better than me at this - racing to see who can get the word first - but daughter usually wins!) and keep it light hearted. It is important that it is fun.

I am finding that one read of a book is insufficient. The books are challenging on first view. Book 3 was definitely a struggle, but on revisiting book 1, my daughter read it from end to end with barely any help. The joy on her face when she finished - to appropriate cheers from mum & dad - was a sight to remember!

If your child is not ready, put the books away for a few months. Reading skills reap their full reward when it is fun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best I have found 1 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
My two boys, when each was at reception level, both struggled with all the other reading schemes that the schools use. Being boys, they would take one look at the amount of words, and give up. Also, I'm not impressed with books that contain words they have to guess, or deduce from pictures, as I find they keep doing this later when they could actually have sounded a word out. The books they bring home from school are ridiculous and there is no orderly progression.

These Bob books are perfect. They are so simple to start with. If your child knows the letter sounds, and is ready to start reading, they will be able to read these books. Mine both got so excited by the fact they COULD read them, and the very short format, that they were inspired to read and it was no longer a chore. The other books I've recently found excellent once my 4 year old was reading these Bob books are the Ladybird Peter and Jane key word books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Phonics 2 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
The only books I have found so far that is truely based on phonics with a good steady pace. A must have for beginner readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fab introduction to reading! 11 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
This is the first set of beginning reading books that I have purchased and I was not disappointed! My daughter absolutely loved the fact that within a few minutes she had read a whole book by herself.

Each book in the set introduces a few letter sounds so that children can gradually build up a bank of sounds that they can read. The simple stories and illustrations have been a real hit. Compared with other beginning reading schemes, these books are much more reasonably priced and are a more manageable length for a young child's attention span! I would recommend these to anyone and we will certainly be working our way through all of the box sets! A fantastic find:-)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recomended! 11 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
These books work really well hand-in-hand with 'the ordinary parent's guide to teaching reading' by susan wise and sara buffington. I used both for my daughter whom we are home-schooling and found them to be invaluable. As other reviewer's have suggested it's better to take a break if the child is not responding well or finding things difficult. We found that a few months can make all the difference. Try not to compare your children to others who are a similar age; children develop at different paces. However, when it clicks it's a wonderful feeling and yes my daughter was very happy once she started to 'finish' a book! We've now got the next two sets in the series and I'm very happy with the gradual progression in the levels of difficulty.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great for early reading when used with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Published 13 days ago by Mike & Kristin
5.0 out of 5 stars I love BOB
I have been a fan of BOB books since my son started to read (aged 3) almost 7 years ago. I have since bought sets for my 2 daughters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kathryn Steel
5.0 out of 5 stars Still using for number 3
Both older ones learnt to 'read' with Bob books - using now for third child. These are the perfect bridge between individual letters and Peter and Jane type readers where stamina... Read more
Published 6 months ago by thegoodbook
3.0 out of 5 stars Bob books
I have given this rating because the books have a lot of words on each page. The first book is good for very beginner readers who only know the first sounds.
Published 17 months ago by Collyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy with it
I am very pleased with it is good and educational.I am looking forward to ordering the other sets.I like the case the books come in.
Published on 4 Mar 2012 by One day
1.0 out of 5 stars Appauling Illustrations
Whilst these books may be phonetically sound, the illustrations in them are so primitive, non colourful, lacking in detail or creativity that I would not advise investing in this... Read more
Published on 17 April 2011 by Ej
2.0 out of 5 stars Too boring
I was quite excited by these and the thought that my son (3.5) might read a book. BUT after a few trys he now refuses to try them as they are too boring. Read more
Published on 14 May 2010 by English Mum Abroad
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