This retelling of Kipling’s Just So story is thoroughly appealing and effective. It’s bright and attractive to look at – John Joven’s illustrations give a real sense of the African setting and his little elephant is a very lively character – and the text is just right for reading aloud. The music of Kipling’s original is still there – the crocodile still basks in the great, green Limpopo River, smiling a dangerous smile – but it’s gentle enough for the very youngest to understand and enjoy. The story is full of drama and comedy too, making this a lovely book to share and talk about. ~ Andrea Reece
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 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.
Hare is the fastest animal around and he knows it. In fact, he can't stop boasting about it. So Tortoise challenges him to a race to try and prove him wrong. There's just one problem. Tortoise is very, very slow. How will he ever win the race?
Naughty Crab keeps making trouble... can the Wise Man stop him? This charmingly illustrated adaptation of one of Rudyard Kipling's much-loved Just So Stories is part of the Usborne Reading Programme, specially written for children who are learning to read. With entertaining puzzles to solve at the end.
This beautiful book illustrated by John Joven contains six of Rudyard Kipling's classic `Just So Stories', specially rewritten for little children. The stories include How the Elephant got his Trunk, How the Leopard got his Spots and How the Camel got his Hump. Perfect for reading aloud to young children or for older children to read by themselves.
When Belle's father takes a rose from a castle garden, he is confronted by a terrible Beast. Brave Belle is determined to save her father... but what fate awaits her at the enchanted castle? The classic fairy tale rewritten for children who are just learning to read, with stunning illustrations by John Joven throughout.
Once, Kangaroo couldn't jump. Find out how that changed in this charming picture book retelling of one of Rudyard Kipling's famous Just So Stories, with simple text and gorgeous illustrations by John Joven.
Once, when the world was new, Camel had no hump. This is the tale of how that changed. An entertaining picture book retelling of one of Rudyard Kipling's famous Just So Stories, specially written for young children and gorgeously illustrated by John Joven.
After a long day of clearing dirt, rocks, and trees, a bulldozer is tired and ready for bed. He lifts up his blade, his spotlights flash on, he rolls through the gate, and lets out a yawn. He heads to the Wiggle and Shake for a bath, then to the Sip and Slurp for some supper, then chooses a bedtime story . . . and soon the bulldozer will be dreaming sweet dreams of finishing his important work! Construction vehicle fans young and old will delight in this imaginative book of how a bulldozer prepares for bed. Sharon Chriscoe's irresistibly clever and gentle rhyming verse and John Joven's charming illustrations are sure to soothe even the busiest of kids at bedtime.
Once, the kangaroo couldn't jump. Find out how that changed in this lively tale adapted from one of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories. This title is part of the Usborne Reading Programme (First Reading, level 1) with simple, charming text, puzzles after the story to consolidate learning, and gorgeous atmospheric illustrations by John Joven. Illustrations:Full colour throughout
* The classic tale, as recorded by The Brothers Grimm, specially re-written for children starting to read on their own. * The shoemaker and his wife are on the verge of destitution when they discover, one morning, that they have received a visit from some mysterious helpers in the night. * Has been developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, an early reading specialist and lecturer at Roehampton University in Surrey. Illustrations: Full colour throughout
The lovely story from Kipling adapted for younger readers. Rudyard Kipling's classic 'Just So' story, retold for young readers. According to this much-loved fable, whales could eat anything they wanted - find out what happens when the whale finds out that man tastes very nice indeed. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme. Illustrations: Full colour throughout
Rudyard Kipling's classic 'Just So' story, retold for young readers. According to this much-loved fable, elephants didn't always have long trunks - that is, until one day when the elephant's child could contain his curiosity no longer, stepping closer than he should have to the Crocodile. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme.
This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading Series , part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme. It is aimed at children who are beginning to read. Noah is told to build an ark that will hold two of every animal before the big flood comes. It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is Principal Lecturer in Education from Roehampton University and an early reading specialist. Every title in this series features clear and compelling text accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations. It is designed to motivate children as they learn to read.
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