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Mairi Mackinnon - Author

Mairi Mackinnon was born in England, went to school in Scotland, studied in France and Italy and worked in Spain before finally settling down in London, where she lives with her husband, three children and several thousand books. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking for friends, and playing the fiddle in a dance band at parties from Portree to St Petersburg.

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Usborne Very First Reading 1: Pirate Pat
Mairi Mackinnon - illustrated by Carl Gordon, Mike Gordon
Pirate Pat allows the very beginner reader to take part in a lively and exciting story, using short sentences and simple words made up of only the letters s a t p i n m d. Parent or carer reads...
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Format: Hardback | Released 26/03/2010
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Usborne Very First Reading 10: Late Night at the Zoo
Mairi Mackinnon - illustrated by John Joven
Late Night at the Zoo introduces the pattern sometimes known as ‘the magic e', where the final e changes the earlier vowel sound such as ‘late' and ‘time'. The objective of the 15 books in the Very First Reading series...
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Format: Hardback | Released 26/03/2010
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Usborne Very First Reading 11: Wild School
Mairi Mackinnon - illustrated by Lee Wildish
Wild School introduces more ways to spell sounds your child has met in earlier stories. The objective of the 15 books in the Very First Reading series is to enthuse your child through rhyme to learn and to enjoy the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 26/03/2010
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Usborne Very First Reading 12: Circus Under the Sea
Mairi Mackinnon - illustrated by Ben Mantle
The Circus under the Sea introduces ‘soft' pronunciation of c and g, as well as the combinations wh, ph and the final y sound. The objective of the 15 books in the Very First Reading series is to enthuse your...
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Format: Hardback | Released 26/03/2010
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Usborne Very First Reading 13: The Monster Diner
Mairi Mackinnon - illustrated by Mike Gordon, Carl Gordon
The Monster Diner introduces different ways of pronouncing letters or letter-combinations your child has already met in their more regular forms such as ‘a' in apricot, ask or was, ‘i' as in kind, ‘o' as in open or month, ‘u'...
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Format: Hardback | Released 26/03/2010
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Usborne Very First Reading 15: Mr Mystery
Mairi Mackinnon - illustrated by Fred Blunt
Mr. Mystery introduces combinations such as gh as in though or pronounced f as in laugh and endings such as –sion and –tion. It also gives children practice in reading longer three or even four syllable words. Your child will...
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Format: Hardback | Released 26/03/2010
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Usborne Very First Reading 2: The Dressing Up Box
Mairi Mackinnon - illustrated by Kate Sheppard
This the second in Usborne's Very First Reading series introduces the letters g o c k ck e u r. The sentences are a little longer than in book 1 and your child reads more words overall. The repetition of...
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Format: Hardback | Released 26/03/2010
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Usborne Very First Reading 3: A Bus for Miss Moss
Mairi Mackinnon - illustrated by Steve Simpson
As your child begins to read longer sentences, strongly supported by the rhyme and rhythm of the story the letters h b l ll f ff ss are introduced. At this stage your child will be reading as much of...
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Format: Hardback | Released 26/03/2010
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Usborne Very First Reading 4: Dog Diary
Mairi Mackinnon - illustrated by Fred Blunt
Dog Diary introduces the letters j qu v w x y z zz. Your child will now be familiar with all the letters of the alphabet in their most regularly-pronounced forms, making it possible to read over 300 everyday words. ...
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Format: Hardback | Released 26/03/2010
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Usborne Very First Reading 6: The Queen Makes a Scene
Mairi Mackinnon - illustrated by Mike Gordon, Carl Gordon
The Queen makes a Scene introduces the letter-comibinations ai ee igh oa oo. Again, it's important to learn to recognise these combinations. By this stage, your child will be reading about two-thirds of the story. The objective of the 15...
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Usborne Very First Reading 7: Stop That Cow
Mairi Mackinnon - illustrated by Fred Blunt
Stop that Cow! Introduces the letter-combinations ar or u row air ear ure. Having learned these, your child will be familiar with almost all the sounds of English in their most regular spellings, making it possible to read over 70...
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Format: Hardback | Released 26/03/2010
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Usborne Very First Reading 9: Run Rabbit Run
Mairi Mackinnon - illustrated by Mark Chambers
Run, Rabbit, Run reintroduces sounds whilst also introducing different ways to spell sounds your child has met in earlier stories such as ai ee igh oa oo among others.. The objective of the 15 books in the Very First Reading...
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Format: Hardback | Released 26/03/2010
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The Lion And The Mouse
Mairi Mackinnon
First Reading: Level One. The Aesop's fable showing that you shoudn't judge your friends on their size and strength. Level One titles are designed to be the first real books a beginner reader will tackle and are designed to foster...
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Format: Hardback | Released 26/09/2008
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The Leopard And The Sky God
Mairi Mackinnon
First Reading: Level Three. A traditional tale from South America re told for a young audience. Titles in this level encourage the reader to develop reading stamina, increasing to 48 pages. This will include the main story (up to 450...
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Format: Hardback | Released 28/09/2007
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The Fox And The Stork
Mairi Mackinnon
First Reading: Level One. A terrific retelling of an Aesop Fable where sneaky tricks and playful revenge take centre stage between friends. Titles in this level are designed to be the first real books a beginner reader will tackle and...
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Format: Hardback | Released 27/07/2007
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The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg
Mairi Mackinnon
First Reading: Level Three. The classic fairy story of greed, gold and geese retold for a young audience. Titles in this level encourage the reader to develop reading stamina, increasing to 48 pages. This will include the main story (up...
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Format: Hardback | Released 25/08/2006
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The Runaway Pancake
Mairi Mackinnon
First Reading: Level Four. The folk tale of an independent and rather fast pancake that learns to it's cost not to trust the sly fox. Building readers' stamina still further with all 48 pages devoted to the story (up to...
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Format: Hardback | Released 26/05/2006
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