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Curious George Curious About Phonics 12 Book Set by [Rey, H. A.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3999 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Box edition (1 Jun. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CBCJT8
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #997,018 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8fbaa750) out of 5 stars 51 reviews
45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f8a9ef0) out of 5 stars Terrible for learning! 1 Nov. 2009
By Kotek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this for my 1st grader to encourage her to read. This is not a good set for learning how to read. The difficulty doesn't build up or doesn't even match to what it said it teaches. It's too advanced for very beginners, but too simple once the kid learns to read words used in these books. It's ok when a child can read some pages, then parent can read others. However, that takes away the joy of accomplishment, joy of reading the whole book on their own!
Here is an example: Book 2 says it teaches short e as in rest and b as in bike. Short e and just the sound b are really really beginner reader skills, but this book has hardly any simple words using those sounds. Instead here is a sentence on 4th page: "Presents are the best kind of surprise." LOL if my kid needs to practice letter b sound still, how in a world is she going to read the word surprise!!!!????
My kids love curious George, and they like these books. However, I bought them for educational purposes, and I wanted my dd to read them on her own. This turned out to be a set of very low quality that I red to her. I would much rather read regular Curious George books to her if I am the reader :(
Kids would give this set 3 stars since they liked me to read those books to them. However I give it 1 star because it does not serve the purpose it was made to serve: help kids learn to read when they are still beginners.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fa61c18) out of 5 stars Really great way to introduce reading "painlessly" 9 April 2008
By Susan E. Staal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My preschooler loves the character and the stories. Our daily readings are something he looks forward to and he is retaining the skills, and starting to generalize learned words to other books. I can't give a better endorsement than, he is learning to read with this series.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fa644e0) out of 5 stars Fun readers for the Curious George fan! 3 April 2009
By E. Gorden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My son LOVES Curious George so these readers were a great choice for us. There are 12 books that all focus on a diferent sound. They are great to practic phonics at home or to use when developing your own program. My son LOVES the simple stores and classic illustrations. What a great value for 12 readers!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fa72648) out of 5 stars Just what the little guy wanted 1 Jun. 2010
By Teacher Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I saw this set in a kindergarten classroom and mentioned it to my 5 year old at home. He loves Curious George and couldn't wait for the books to come in the mail. He had to read each book in order. Yes, there are hard words, but they fit the story and many times can be decoded using picture clues, sounding out word parts, or an adult just giving the child the word and allowing them to repeat it. He was interested in the stories and that is what spurs a child to read. So, if your kiddo loves Curious George and you don't mind a few hard words here and there, then by all means, this is a set of books for your home.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fa6b45c) out of 5 stars Great collection of stories with a childhood favorite 20 Sept. 2012
By T. L. Rylands - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
To clarify, I did not buy this exact set of books. I purchased a hardback book from Coscto that bound all 12 stories into one volume for $11. I think it's a better format that individual books because clearly some of the reviewers here felt shorted in some way due to the brevity of the stories, which made me laugh. A four-year-old child does not need to be reading novels at this age. A shorter book is what they need in the beginning so they don't feel overwhelmed.

The best way to approach this collection is as a fun set of short stories with a secondary emphasis on phonics. This should NOT be purchased with the idea it is a comprehensive reading program because it is not. If your child is two or three and you're trying to fast track him into reading (which I wish people would stop doing), this collection is not a good choice. At that age, they are good for stories to read to your child. If your child is four or five, it's a pretty good fit for starting to help them become familiar with what they will encounter in the early stages of reading in kindergarten.

The book contains 12 different Curious George stories with each one focusing on different phonetic parts (short a, long a, etc.) and simple sight words. Certain words are repeated often, which helps a child become familiar with commonly-used words and sounds. The sentences are short. Some of the words are a little advanced but for my five-year-old son, it's a challenge he enjoys. We sound out the words together slowly.

To the reviewers who were upset that the stories didn't have "depth" or enough of a storyline, you are expecting far too much. Is the book for you or your child? As an adult, of course these stories are going to see incredibly simplistic and brief. But for a beginning reader, that's what they need. There's no need for a toddler to be reading Shakespeare yet.

It saddens me to see so many parents trying to push their little ones into developing skills they are far too young to handle. Asking a two-year-old to learn how to read a book as you would a five-year-old is ridiculous. I think it becomes more of a bragging point for some parents to be able to say, "Oh, my Tommy learned how to read when he was two. He's in first grade and he's reading at the fifth-grade level." Yeah, right. He might have memorized the story at age two but I doubt he truly knew how to read it. This is when reading becomes a chore and not a slowly developed skill with a love of reading that grows over time.

Overall, I've been pleased with this collection and it's one my son wants to return to often because of his love of George from babyhood. If you view it that way and not as a complex reading program, then you'll find it a great set of books to share with your child.
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