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Lilac – Level 1 | My Little Friend : Making friends is always fun - especially when your new friend is a cute little caterpillar! But wait - what's this? Where did my little friend go? Growing On Me : Babies are no fun. They're stinky and they cry a lot. What is the point of them? Maybe they're just one of those things that end up growing on you...
Level 8 - Purple | Here’s a funny story for emerging readers that will also building their reading skills, comprehension and ability to read unfamiliar words. Aligned with phase five of the Letters and Sounds phonics system, it introduces new graphemes and alternative spellings for known phonemes. An introductory page features lists of these together with tips for parents on the best way to use the book. Young readers will find the story very amusing – it concerns four clowns whose car ride to the theme park is interrupted by a terrible smell – and it will prove a satisfying and effective learning experience. The illustrations are appealing and provide extra clues to help young children read the words. Another good first reader in Booklife’s graded reading scheme. Part of the BookLife Reading Scheme
Orange – Level 6 | Monsters from the Moon with a hamper of tasty snacks (as they see it) star in a fun and engaging first reader. Part of BookLife’s graded reading scheme it aligns with phase five of the Letters and Sounds phonics system introducing new graphemes for this phase of learning. A page of Helpful Hints at the beginning explains exactly how the book works and how parents can use it at home to help children learn to read. Monsters Blinks, Jam and Zozo will keep the pages turning and children will hardly notice they’re reading longer words and encountering ‘tricky’ words, such as ‘eyes’. A list of questions at the back tests comprehension and this is an effective and enjoyable first reader.
Green – Level 5 | In BookLife’s graded reading scheme, this offers emerging readers a fun, satisfying story that will build their reading skills and their ability to decode and read new words. Anna is worried about the baby in Mummy’s tummy – what it will be like, how it will affect her. The story is told with just twenty words or less per page, many of them repeated, most familiar, some that will stretch readers. An introductory page lists the graphemes that feature, with examples. It also provides useful tips for parents sharing the book to help with their children’s reading. The illustrations are appealing and it’s good to see the diverse list of characters featured. Finally, there’s a list of questions at the back to test comprehension. An effective and enjoyable first reader.
The People Who Took Care of the World | Every one of us has visited a doctor or nurse, or taken a trip to hospital at some point in our lives, but it took Coronavirus to make us really notice the men and women who look after us when we need it, and to recognise them as heroes. This inspiring and informative book begins with introductions to the very first doctors, nurses and surgeons (starting with Hippocrates), then comes totally up to date. Real, live ‘health heroes’ working in a range of different locations and roles tell us about their working lives, what they do and why they love it. It’s stirring stuff, many of the anecdotes and stories they share are really moving and all are fascinating. This is an excellent book for anyone interested in a career in medicine or care, but a great read too for all who’ve watched, wondered at and applauded the people who have done so much for us during these difficult times.
White – Level 10 | Have you ever wanted to live in a world made entirely of sweets? Willow had a wonderfully chocolatey plan that involved just that. She wanted to make buildings from Jumbo Gingerboards, own a horse made of marshmallow and sell some Fiddlebow Gobfloppers along the way. But Willow didn't plan for what was next....
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