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Jolly Stories (Jolly Phonics) [Hardcover]

Sue Lloyd , Sara Wernham
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Jolly Learning Ltd; Brdbk edition (1 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844140806
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844140800
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the complete book for introducing the 42 letter sounds to 3-4 year old children. For many families and pre-schools, this will become the definitive ABC book, with the advantage of being phonic, so showing all the letter sounds, not just the alphabet. Each double page spread has a letter sound with a story involving the Jolly Phonics characters of Inky, Snake and Bee. A large letter is embossed on each spread so the formation can be felt by little fingers, together with a number of words for reading and spelling and the Jolly Phonics actions.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic with the Phonics Handbook 24 Jun 2008
I bought this along with the Phonics Handbook to help my daughter learn to read. We live in Brasil so she attends school in Portugese and at 6 was struggling with reading because she was confusing the English sounds with Portugese ones. This whole scheme is fantastic I cannot believe how quickly it has improved her reading and writing. This book is an excellent addition as it is divided into 6 seperate stories, each story introduces a different sound per page in the same order as the Phonics Handbook so you can read a page then do the photocopy sheet that matches the story exactly from the Handbook, my daughter really looks forward to seeing what will happen next in the story and what sound it will introduce. All the other things the earlier reviewers say are also 100% accurate, i.e. fantastic illustrations, sturdy quality etc, but buy it with the Handbook or if your child is doing Jolly Phonics at school and you will get so much more out of it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jolly Stories 24 Feb 2008
This is a lovely book, sturdy pages, colourful and several activities on each page as well as the story relating to the letter sounds. This includes a raised letter for the child to 'trace' over with their finger. We have a Jolly phonics video and the letters in the book follow the same pattern. My 3 1/2 year old loves this book! Would recommend as an introduction to phonics
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jolly good 2 Mar 2009
My 4 year old daughter has been attending speech therapy for about a year now she was on a waiting list for a phonics speech course therefore I searched for things I could do to help, coming across this book, she has now not long started her course and they are using the same literature eg to learn the letter s they use the same technique 'weave your hand in a s shape, like a snake, and say ssssssssssss. We both found this was very useful.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that great!! 6 Aug 2008
I was keen to buy a book that would help my three year to not only learn the letters of the alphabet but to also learn the sounds using phonics as well. I thought buying this book would help. Instead, I found the characters dry and the plot of each story tiresome.

Each sound has the letter written in black and white with arrows showing the way the word is to be written, which is helpful. Then in the margin, there are examples of words to match the letter sounds- but they are tiny. Hard to see let alone read. And I don't mean to be petty but the pictures look more freakish then cute.

It was really difficult trying to get my daughter to sit and read the book, because she simply was not interested in the stories or characters whatsoever!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Twister
Really good book with 42 thick fully coloured pages. Each page shows a story involving one of the 42 English sounds. Each sound is represented by many different pictures in the story of the page. It follows the Jolly Phonics method (each sound is introduced after another certain sound, not randomly). It's very bright and full of images that your child can recognise and name. It's worth the money and the child can use it at different stages of his/her learning process: at the beginning, just pointing the pictures and later saying and reading the names. I'd advise it for a minimum of 2-3 years old. The book is quite heavy and has many pictures on each page. A young toddler may not be able to handle it and can be puzzled with so many things together.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jolly Stories is jolly good 16 Aug 2009
This book has taught my son all his phonic sounds in a relatively short space of time, he enjoys the stories and the interaction it provides. I have most of the jolly phonics resources but in my opinion this book is the most valuable and I highly recommend it. My son is 4.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Nicky
I bought this book for my daughter, and it is cheeper on-line than in ELC. It covers all the letters in the same order that our school does (as they are following the jolly phonics method) There are raised etched letters on each page for the child to run their fingers over and it also shows the correct direction which will help them later on when writing the letter. It tells the parents what the action for each letter, and there are some simple words that you can sound out with your kids and they are asked to look out for them in the story. It is nicely illustrated and my daughter enjoys reading it with and without me, so a big thumbs up on both counts. Enjoy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Jolly!!! 3 Feb 2011
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I bought this for my 5 year old son, 4 year old daughter and 22 month old son to help them with phonics. ALthough their school (the older 2, obviously) doesn't use Jolly Phonics, the kids seem to love the book. Even my 22 month old is delighted by looking at the pictures and listening to the sounds. The big letters on each page are textured, which my 4 year old daughter seems to love. I would recommend this to anyone with kids who are learning to read. No gripes at all...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars moves on too quickly before teaching all the sounds!
First few stories good . Just teaching single sounds, then suddenly teaching two letter sounds! In my view should be single letter sounds all through book as moves on too quickly... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Jane B
5.0 out of 5 stars great reading book
My son loves the stories and keeps asking me to re -read them. Very useful to read sounds at the same time they are done at school as revision aid. Read more
Published 29 days ago by amazonsuper
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Whether you are a teacher or a parent this book is brilliant for telling teaching children to recognize both letters and the sounds by using actions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ginger fairy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but needs some adaptation for Scottish children
I have spent the last three months working through the sounds in Jolly Stories with my three-year old daughter who has found the actions associated with each sound especially... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Augustine
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Bought this as jolly phonics is recommended on my sons new nursery/school website. It runs beautifully along side the jolly phonics music cd I also purchased. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Harveys Mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Used this to support the other jolly phonics books. The children loved it and were really excited to read about the things we were learning in a fun way.
Published 6 months ago by Carol Parry
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I am an ex teacher and used this at school. I bought this for my 3 year old and he is already learning his sound and corresponding letter shapes. Would definitely recommend. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Llorien Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to compliment starting school and getting into reading
This is a great book - combines stories and things to spot with each letter in the jolly phonics style. Not dissapointed
Published 7 months ago by Dr R A Herbertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Jolly stories for jolly phonics
Really helped me to know what my son is doing in class and support his learning. He loves the stories and actions.
Published 7 months ago by bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars great starter book for new readers
A great starter book for those learning reading with phonics. You read the story and your child reads certain words. Goes through all the sounds. My daughter loves it
Published 8 months ago by Cacks
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