My 7 year old son and I tried this book. It moves too quickly, and mixes several concepts in one lesson. In one lesson, for example, the student is expected to learn where the notes appear on the staff; and at the same time, the selection uses both quarter and half notes. This was confusing to my son, because the notes were both in different positions on the staff, and they looked different, some 'colored in' and some not. He couldn't grasp both concepts in one lesson, and this led to frustration, something you don't want when you are trying to expose you child to music. Plus, the book moves too quickly. Children need time to adjust to playing, looking at music and determining whether it is rising in pitch or falling, for instance, before they are every ready to start learning to read music. Hal Leonard moves nice and slow, and allows for mastery of one concept before introducing another. With something so new and unfamiliar, as playing an instrument is for a novice, this is essential. If you decide to buy Hal Leonard, be sure to buy the book with the accompanying CD, and this is another advantage over Usborne; you can by a CD with the book with accompaniment for each song, one recording at slow practice speed that features a piano playing the student's part, the next an orchestra accompaniment minus piano up to proper tempo for the student to play along with once a song is mastered. One last piece of advice I read on the internet: kids do much better if they hear the songs they are to play over and over again before ever attempting them; knowing the songs by ear. This made a world of difference for my son. It's easier to learn a song when you already know how it is supposed to sound. So during my son's lesson, I play all the pieces he's learning or has mastered, plus several songs ahead, to familiarize him with what's coming up. The book is so simple, it is easy to do. I don't even play the piano myself. We are learning together. Good luck.