Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds: Level 1+. Top Cat and Other Stories Paperback – 5 Jan 2012
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"Songbirds Phonics is a pedigree scheme worth every penny for helping children get to grips with words, sounds and spelling patterns, and to inspire a love of reading . . . Julia Donaldson has described Songbirds as her 'proudest achievement' and it is easy to see why." (John Dabell, Teach Primary)
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This book has changed that. Each story (there are 12) is 5-7 pages long, with simple 2/3/4 letter words on each page. Even if he doesn't know the word, he can "sound it out" and gain confidence when it's repeated. He now wants to read ME a bedtime story each night, which is great to see/hear, and it's because the simplicity of this book has helped him grow in confidence.
If you have a reluctant or early reader, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. And even if your reader is confident, it's great to read together.
There are twelve short stories in this collection, each starts with a page of the included sounds, and any words that the child may find harder to blend. There is a mixture of characters some of which are repeated, like Top Cat and Bob Bug, but it offers a bit more variety than Biff, Chip and Kipper. There's a nice element of humour with the stories too, and the pictures complement the words beautifully.
My 5 year old daughter (a non reader before starting school in September) sat down with this book as soon as it arrived and worked through all of the stories, refusing to put it down! She does like reading but quite often comments that some of her books from school are 'boring'. So I'm delighted at her interest in these ones, and I'm off to order Stage 2!
I love Julia Donaldsons writing, and so does my little girl, she has a real passion for reading.
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Excellent for early readers. A really good tool for teaching at home. Reception years.Published 7 days ago by Miss Mac
My son is so proud of himself that he can read the Top Cat story all by himself. The stories do get more complicated as they go on, would have preferred more stories at the... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Clare, London
If Biff, Kipper, Floppy and co. are starting to grind on your nerves, I would definitely recommend this book. The illustrations are excellent and the stories are nice. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sarah Mannion
My son (5) started learning to read in Reception using this series of books and I bought this for casual reading at home to supplement his schoolwork and keep him interested in... Read morePublished 6 months ago by mjk
Engaging short stories for sounding out words. The sentences have good rhythm, are easy to sound out and are intelligently illustrated. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Benjamin Measures
Fantastic first book for learning to read, Great price tooPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer