We've only recently discovered the DK Readers Star Wars books, but what a find they've been! I have two little boys at differing stages of learning to read, but both huge Star Wars fans, and these books have really fired them up and actually make them want to read.
This book, Journey Through Space, is a Level 2 book which is described as "Beginning to read alone". According to the book this means that it has: Longer sentences and increased vocabulary; Information boxes full of extra fun facts; a simple index.
In this lovely book, the child gets to take a tour of some of the planets that feature heavily within the Star Wars films. There is some interesting information about the planets and also about the inhabitants of the planets. The pictures, as with all of these books, are stunning and there are lots of them. Even if a child doesn't feel like attempting to read on a particular day, they will still enjoy browsing through the book and seeing all the different planets and people.
This book makes a lovely change from the school reading that my son brings home. He thinks that it is "a grown up book" because it looks impressive and doesn't have cartoons or anything like that in it! Of course, because of the nature of Star Wars, there are some tricky words in the book - particularly names. However, if you have a little Star Wars fan on your hands then the chances are they won't be too fazed by this and, in this book, there is pronunciation help with some of the trickier planet names etc. I think that they've done a great job with the text because they have managed to keep the sentences and language as simple as possible, but have still produced an interesting and fact filled read for a little one. An example sentence from this book, (to give you an idea of the reading level) is: "So the Kaminoans built their cities on strong metal poles that stick up above the water." We found this book to be a little easier than the other level 2 book that we have called "Anakin In Action", (a Clone Wars book), but both provide a challenging, interesting and fun read.
If you have a little Star Wars fan then this book is highly, highly recommended!
on 6 May 2008
My son reads this over and over again, on his own, at just 6yrs old and he absolutely loves it. An avid Star Wars fan, this series of DK readers has fostered a love of reading in him far more than any of his school scheme reading books. Highly recommended.
on 6 December 2013
if your child likes superheroes,comic characters etc. and you want to get them into reading this is what you need.interesting,challenging with good illustrations and easy structure for a child to follow and stay motivated.
cant recommend enough,worth every penny.