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These books are not suitable for beginners as phonics based readers
on 20 October 2015
These books are very disappointing. The author's idea of phonics is peculiar to say the least. Since when was "friend" an example of a short "e " vowel sound for beginner readers? She suggests sounding out the words - impossible to do for words like friend, knight, guys, laughed, touch, search etc.
Very simple words given as sight words, but many of them are not sight words; for example in, him, and, at, it, can and several others are not sight words and can be sounded out.
Children are enthusiastic over the subject and pictures but soon find reading the stories an uphill task and quickly lose interest as there are far too many difficult words.
Children still learning words like "at" and "it" are not going to make much headway with a sentence like " Sounds like one of Poison Ivy's evil schemes."
With a bit more thought these stories could have been written so that beginner readers could read most of them by themselves. Several of these stories have been condensed from longer versions and at only 6 pages per story there is not much plot left. 4-6 year-olds would probably not notice a lack of plot in an even simpler description of the pictures but they would have had a real sense of achievement had they been able to read more of the books.