Short Stories to Help New Readers

Summary:

Colin is a clumsy prince; Prue is a princess who doesn't want to get married; Sam is a prince from a tiny castle (who loves a rich princess named Sara); and Percy was the loneliest prince in the Kingdom who decided to kidnap a princess. Read the stories together, or follow along with the CD.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The collection is a perfect way to introduce (or reinforce) chapter books. The CD allows for independent listening and reading, which is handy to have when it's time to cook supper. Each story also has a purpose (moral) that can lead to discussions after the fact.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really ... unless you are tired of reading about princes and princesses.


Little Kid Reaction

Our child prefers to listen to the CD and follow along. S/He is more interested in listening to "real" princes and princesses than to Mom and Dad.

Parent Reaction

This is a fun set of stories. Each is short enough to keep a child's attention. We like that the CD does more than just read the story for the child. There are listen-along and read-along versions for each story.

Type of Book:
This is a chapter book with four stories for developing readers. It has a CD so young readers can follow along.
Educational Themes:

The stories offer traditional morals (judging others, sharing, friendship) that you can talk about if you want to go beyond the story. The true value, though, is in the material itself as supplementary reading material.

Reading Level:
2.9
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
5 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 10
Age of child:
Read with 5-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a nice complement to the other books kids use for learning to read, but it isn't one that will keep their interest much beyond a couple of readings.

Title Stories of Princes and Princesses
About

Usborne Young Reading: Series One

Author Christopher Rawson
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd © 2003
Illustrators Stephen Cartwright
ISBN 9780794504496
Material Hard Cover
Cost $9.95
Genres Easy Reader, Adventure, Short Stories, Interactive
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