Usborne Very First Reading 12: Circus Under the Sea by Mairi Mackinnon

Usborne Very First Reading 12: Circus Under the Sea

Written by Mairi Mackinnon
Illustrated by Ben Mantle
Part of the Usborne Very First Reading Series

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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 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.

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Usborne Very First Reading 12: Circus Under the Sea by Mairi Mackinnon

The twelfth 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.

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+


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Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

26th March 2010




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