Ant and Bee and Kind Dog by Angela Banner
|Ant and Bee and Kind Dog by Angela Banner
|Category: Emerging Readers
|Reviewer: Sue Magee
|Summary: Another great and gentle aid to encourage children to read.
|Date: May 2014
When you learn to read it has to be fun. You have to master the skill but it mustn't be too daunting or you're not going to enjoy it and - worst of all - you might be put off reading for life. It's best if you can share the reading until you get to grips with decoding what's on the page, so if an adult could read most of the words but you read others to which you've already been introduced and which are in a different colour then that is going to be a help. If the words are introduced with a nice big picture and if they appear in alphabetical order, then that's going to be fun, isn't it? It's going to make reading easier too if the book is the right size for your hands and has a nice firm cover which is easy to hold - and wipes clean if there's an accident.
We've met Ant and Bee before and I introduced them with much the same words. Then there were just three books, but now there are some more but still featuring our friends Ant and Bee. The story is very simple: there's a strange smell in the air and Kind Dog is determined to find out what it is and where it's coming from. No matter what he does he can't find out! It's a trip through the alphabet, introducing simple words in context and in such a way that the child is engaged with the story.
I do have a quibble with the books and that's that the paper is shiny (causing reflections) and on occasions a shadow shows through from the page below. Most children won't notice this - or worry about it if they do notice, but for children with dyslexia this can be a distraction which complicates reading. (If this is a problem, have a look at out Dyslexia Friendly category for suggestions. You know your own child.
If you've already seen the original Ant and Bee then we can also recommend More and More Ant and Bee.
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