Usborne Very First Reading 1: Pirate Pat by Mairi Mackinnon

Usborne Very First Reading 1: Pirate Pat

Written by Mairi Mackinnon
Illustrated by Carl Gordon, Mike Gordon
Part of the Usborne Very First Reading Series

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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 the first three lines on each double page, setting up a rhyming pattern, and your child then reads the last line.

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 art of reading and to read with confidence and enthusiasm, which in turn will result in reading becoming a lifetime’s pleasure. Each book builds on material from the previous ones and together with the rhyming stories there are some superb illustrations in a range of different styles. You can also purchase all 15 in one boxed set together with a Parents’ Guide to the series. This series is ideal to compliment learning to read as the child starts school or even beforehand to give them a head start before they actually start school.

View all the titles in the Very First Reading series - click here.


Usborne Very First Reading 1: Pirate Pat by Mairi Mackinnon

The first title in the new Usborne Very First Reading series, designed for younger children to introduce them to reading together with their parents. Parents and children take turns to read from the page (the text clearly marked for who should be reading) and as the books progress in the series the adults read less and less and the child more and more. There are puzzles at the end to check the child's understanding of the text and guidance notes for the parents. Beautiful illustrations help to motivate beginner readers.


'If you want a great set of reading books for little'uns who have just started learning to read, look no further. This is inspired' - The Independent; 'Some books were just made for sharing! And if they give a child the confidence to read alone, it will be a major step on their road to independence. So Usborne have come up with the ideal solution - a series of exciting and beautifully illustrated books specially developed to offer a structured and methodical programme of reading. Whether you are a parent, a carer or a teacher, you can be sure that the Very First Reading books will turn learning into an adventure' - Lancashire Evening Post; 'A fantastic new series of enjoyable and fun books for you to share with your child. This series is an excellent complement to your child's school curriculum' - Families Journal; 'Thank you, Usborne, for producing a series of books that really work, that see story and content as important as skill level, and are genuinely engaging for children (and adults- I'm having a great time too!) Thank you for teaching my daughter to read' - Rhino Reads'

About the Author

Mairi Mackinnon

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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32 pages
Interest Age: 4+


Mairi Mackinnon
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Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

26th March 2010




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