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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.
Lion thinks Little Mouse is too small to do anything... but will Little Mouse surprise him? A wonderful retelling of a much-loved fable by Aesop, with charming illustrations by John Joven.
The dramatic events of the Easter story sensitively retold for young children. When Jesus rides into Jerusalem he is welcomed by cheering crowds. But soon the temple priests are plotting against him... A lovely book to read together or for new readers to enjoy alone.
EUREKA! Great things happen when science crosses history! Discover the all-true stories of your favorite inventions with this new multicultural STEM series that takes readers on a journey through time and around the world. A perfect choice for kids ages 4-8 who love to figure out how things work! Without glasses, everything can be a blur! Here is a biography of glasses, an essential invention that helps people see clearly. Ever since someone first noticed that a jar of water magnified what was behind it, people have worked to improve their vision. Glasses is a fun and informative look at an invention that makes a huge difference in our lives. This STEAM nonfiction title is part of the new Eureka! series, each book focusing on one groundbreaking, world-changing discovery that millions of people use every single day.
Tom Town Mouse is off to visit his cousin, Cora, in the country. It will be great! says his friend, but Tom is not so sure. A charming retelling of the classic Aesop's Fable, with endearing illustrations by John Joven. With free online audio to listen to the story.
Meet monsters, ogres and giants - plus a very grumpy troll - from all over the world. Ten entertaining stories include a female Jack climbing the beanstalk, a lonely ogre and a brave little tailor whose adventure begins with some annoying flies and a pot of jam.
This story is part of Reading Champion, a series carefully linked to book bands to encourage independent reading skills, developed with Dr Sue Bodman and Glen Franklin of UCL Institute of Education (IOE). A traditional Aesop fable is retold as the story of Fox and Goose, who try to be friends, but end up misunderstanding one another and not showing compassion for each other's needs, with disastrous consequences. Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.
A delightful collection of six stories, with lively retellings and colourful artwork by Columbian illustrator, John Joven. A perfect first introduction to Aesop for little children. Stories include well-known classics The Lion and the Mouse, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse and The Ant and the Grasshopper.
Fox loves playing tricks. But when he plays a trick on his friend Stork, she decides to teach him a lesson. Now Fox will find out how it feels to have a trick played on him! A humorous re-telling of the famous Aesop's fable,written especialy for children learning to read, with expert reading advice and wonderful illustrations by John Joven.
Fox sees some cheese. Fox WANTS the cheese. There's just one problem - the cheese belongs to Crow. What will Fox do next? Find out in this lively retelling of the classic Aesop's fable, specially written for children who are just learning to read, with charming illustrations by John Joven throughout.
Town Mouse loves to live the high life, while his cousin Country Mouse prefers a quieter life. When the two visit each other's homes, will they realise that sometimes differences aren't always a bad thing? Find out in this lively retelling of the classic story, specially written for beginner readers and with beautiful illustrations by John Joven throughout.
Grasshopper sings all summer, happy and carefree. Ant is busy, busy, busy, collecting food for winter. But what will Grasshopper do when winter comes? Find out in this lively retelling of the classic Aesop's fable, specially written for beginner readers and with beautiful illustrations by John Joven throughout.
A beautiful 30-piece jigsaw and Nativity picture book, both illustrated by John Joven. Presented in a sturdy, attractive box, the book and puzzle set makes a lovely gift and a delightful way for children to enjoy the classic Bible story. The large jigsaw pieces are suitable for little hands and the completed puzzle measures 35 x 35cm.
It's tough in the wild, whether you're a tiny mouse or a big, scary lion. But friends can be found in the strangest of places. Aesop's charming fable is specially retold for beginner readers in this lively retelling, and features beautiful illustrations by John Joven throughout.
From saying goodbye to parents on the very first day of school to watching butterflies hatch in spring, D. J. Steinberg celebrates all the landmark moments of preschool. Because the year is full of so many firsts, this collection of funny, joyful poems is a must-have for all small scholars in the making.
I'm so fast! boasts Hare. Humph! says Tortoise, in a grump. Hare, I challenge you to a race! But who will win? Find out in this lively retelling of the classic Aesop's Fable, specially written for children who are just learning to read, with charming illustrations by John Joven throughout.
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.
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.
A beautiful 30-piece jigsaw and Noah's Ark picture book, both illustrated by John Joven. Presented in a sturdy, attractive box, the book and puzzle set makes a lovely gift and a delightful way for children to enjoy the classic Bible story. The large jigsaw pieces are suitable for little hands and the completed puzzle measures 35 x 35cm.
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.
Once, when the world was new, Camel had no hump. This is the tale of how that changed. A charming retelling of one of Rudyard Kipling's beloved Just So Stories, specially written for children who are learning to read and beautifully illustrated by John Joven. With puzzles and answers at the back of the book.
Once, Kangaroo couldn't jump. Find out how that changed in this charmingly illustrated adaptation of one of Rudyard Kipling's much-loved Just So Stories. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme, this book is specially written for children who are learning to read and includes entertaining puzzles to solve at the end.
A sturdy box with a delightful 30-piece jigsaw and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs picture book beautifully illustrated by John Joven. Little children can talk about the story as they do the jigsaw and the book and puzzle set makes a lovely gift. The large jigsaw pieces are suitable for little hands, and the completed puzzle measures 35 x 35cm.
The Rhino has lovely skin that fits just right. But what happens when he spies the cake that Man just made? A special cake with currant and plums in it...This tale is wonderfully illustrated and the first of Kipling's Just So Stories to feature in the Usborne Reading Programme - stories specially written for children who are learning to read. Selected for the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge by The Reading Agency, the UK organisation to promote reading.
Who keeps helping the old shoemaker and making such wonderful shoes while he sleeps? And how can the shoemaker repay their kindness? Find out in this joyful retelling of the classic fairy tale for little children, gorgeously illustrated on every page by John Joven.
The classic tale of the mischievous elves who make beautiful shoes when nobody is looking, especially re-written for children starting to read on their own, and gorgeously illustrated on every page. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed in conjunction with reading experts.
Long ago, whales could eat anything - and they did. Then one day, everything changed. This story, adapted from one of Rudyard Kipling's 'Just So Stories' has been specially written for children who are learning to read, with colourful illustrations on each page and puzzles and fun facts about whales at the back of the book.
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 Crocodile... A charming, illustrated retelling of one of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, specially rewritten for children who are learning to read. With puzzles and answers at the back of the book.
A beautifully illustrated collection of stories from the Bible, charmingly retold for young readers. Includes well-known tales such as Noah's Ark , Jonah and the Whale , The Birth of Jesus and The Easter Story . Includes stories from the Old and New Testament, with a who's who? of characters for each. A lovely gift for Christmas or Easter, this is a book for the whole family to share and enjoy.
A colourful and gorgeously illustrated picture book of the well-known bible story, specially retold for young children. When God warns Noah that he plans to flood the world, Noah must build a mighty ark, big enough to hold two of every animal, before the rain begins to fall... Simple text and large, bright illustrations make this perfect to read together, or for beginner readers to enjoy alone. A classic tale which is part of our cultural heritage and essential reading for all children, irrespective of religion.
One of the world's most famous fairy tales, beautifully illustrated and charmingly retold for little children. Snow White is the kindest and prettiest girl in the kingdom, but her stepmother soon becomes jealous... A much-loved and gorgeously illustrated story of a beautiful princess, a wicked queen and her magic mirror, a handsome prince and not one but seven heroes.
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