Readers

Early Readers - A First Set of Six Readers

Written and Illustrated by Shelley Davidow

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Ned and Fred

Ned and Fred

Len Bug and Jen Slug

Len Bug and Jen Slug

Jake the Snake

Jake the Snake

Tim's Boat

Tim's Boat

Sam Cat and Nat Rat

Sam Cat and Nat Rat

Kay and Jay

Kay and Jay

These warm and wonderful readers will delight both students and teachers as they guide young children along they path of written language one step at a time. Where Arthur Pittis's brilliant Waldorf Reader set was created for use after that basics of word recognition and sound decoding have been accomplished, Shelley Davidow's Early Readers have been written as a way to help draw those skills into being.

Written in order and phonetically, each story focuses on specific word groups, sounds and sentence structures. Succeeding stories build on these skills and then move on to the next level of skill. These are, in fact, conceived much in the same way as the old Dick and Jane readers of my youth, but with a very important difference: namely, Davidow's stories have a warm "heart content." Even we adults come to really care about these characters, and the children come to really love them and live imaginatively in their world. Not to mention the warm simplicity of the illustrations - wonderful!

Whether you are rewarding an eager reader with a first experience of reading something someone else wrote, or helping a struggling reader get the hang of all those letters, these readers are sheer joy for everyone.

The Readers, in order, are:

  • Sam Cat and Nat Rat: This pair begin by annoying each other and end up friends.
  • Ned and Fred: A pig and a dog don't think they've got much in common, but discover they both love to do the same things.
  • Len Bug and Jen Slug: It's amazing how much fun you can have and what you can learn from those who are very different from you.
  • Jake the Snake: Jake doesn't like moles (and probably a lot of other creatures, too!), but decides to change his mind after getting to know one.
  • Tim's Boat: Tim builds a toy boat for himself, but discovers it was really built for three other creatures, too.
  • Kay and Jay: Kay and Jay are two snails who have lots of fun playing together. One day they are caught in a hail storm and have to help each other find shelter. When the sun comes out, the play begins again.

Grades 1-3.

Softcover, 20 pages each, 5.5" x 8.5", 2012

Lazy Jack

Retold by Kelly Morrow

Softbound booklet; "school and library" durable cover

A very early chapter book - requires basic mastery of decoding and simple punctuation

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Here is a charming fairy tale, retold for beginning readers.  Jack is a well-meaning sort of boy, but he seems to always be following the right instructions at the wrong times.  Yet, despite his mother's consternation, his good will and earnestness lead him to success in a most amusing way.

King Thrushbeard

Retold by Kelly Morrow

Softbound booklet; "school and library" durable cover

Builds on the readings skills of "Lazy Jack".  A very early chapter book - requires basic mastery of decoding and simple punctuation

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A princess thinks she's too good to marry any of her suitors, especially the ugly old man her father chooses for her.  The funny and heartwarming conclusion of this classic fairy tale is sure to delight beginning readers.

The Prince and the Dragon

Retold by Kelly Morrow

Softbound booklet; "school and library" durable cover

Builds on the readings skills of "King Thrushbeard".  An early chapter book - requires basic mastery of decoding and simple punctuation

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A great fire-breathing dragon threatens a whole kingdom.  Already, many have been devoured.  Can the prince conquer this dragon?

Sylvain and Jocosa

Retold by Kelly Morrow

Softbound booklet; "school and library" durable cover

Builds on the readings skills of "The Prince and the Dragon".  An early chapter book - requires basic mastery of decoding and simple punctuation

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Magically and suddenly separated from each other, Sylvain and Jocosa who were never happy when they were apart, are forced to wander and search for each other.  How will they find one another again? Their promise to a fairy returns their joy to them.

The Secret Pet

A First Chapter Book

Shelley Davidow

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Shelley Davidow has again gifted young readers - this time with a chapter book written to follow her beautiful Early Readers books. In it, we meet again several of the characters from her introductory series, most notably the boy Tim and Jake the (magical) Snake. Tim and Jake become fast friends, both of them deciding that they simply must be together. This entails Tim sneaking Jake into his home (Tim's mother is not all that fond of snakes) and into school (where pet's really aren't invited). Through their adventures, they both discover some truths about the differences between life in the wilds and in a home, and how it is that we change our habits and inclinations out of love for each other. Not to mention that by the end of this reader your student will have mastered the basics of decoding, punctuation meaning and sentence structure.

Wonderful!

Grades 2-3

Softcover, 112 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", 2012

The Secret Door

The second chapter book in the Early Reader Series

Shelley Davidow

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What better way to boost a new reader's skill than to have them read a page turner! Shelley Davidow has created the reader of children's dreams - a phonetically stepped adventure story!

Readers will follow Tim who they will remember from the earlier Phonetic Readers, and his friends Mina and Jo through a mysterious secret door that leads into a magical world where fox, baboons, panthers and rats contend with each other with the kingdom as the prize and good winning the day as it must.

In addition to hardly being able to wait to find out what happens next, the by now very eager readers will discover new diphthongs and learn them without even noticing they've done so.

Mystery, adventure and phonetic compounds - what could be better?

Grades 2-4

Softcover, 140 pages, 5.5"x8.5", 2012

The Voices of Nature - Stories for Young Readers

A chapter book for early readers

Illustrated and collected by Ana Spotts

NOTE: Temporarily out of stock. Order now and your copy will be shipped to you when they arrive.

$9.95

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Here is a unique and wonderful book for students who have mastered the basics of reading and are ready to venture forth into the world of longer stories and chapters.

Ana Spotts, whose fresh and lively illustrations bring each story to life, created this book as her Senior Project at the Denver Waldorf School. She selected each story, many of which are old, traditional tales that have been told over the centuries, for its sense of the wonder and enchantment that can be found throughout the natural world. There is joy these tales that will captivate and reassure our young children that the world is alive with magic and well with goodness.

This is simply a wonderful way to ignite a love of reading and nature at one and the same time!

Grades 2-4.

26 Fairmount Avenue

Welcome to Tomie's Childhood Home!

Tomie dePaola

Book 1 of Tomie dePaola's First Chapter Book Series

Softbound

$6.99

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I just love this series which combines Tomie dePaola's delightful world view with a warm and gentle picture of life as it was when he was a boy.  It is an exciting introduction to the world of chapter books, filled with dePaola's characteristic warmth and whimsy.  The fact that it is also autobiographical adds a dimension of richness to these stories that simply can't be beat for captivating young readers, making them ask for more.

The text is written at a late-2nd/early-3rd grade level for most students.

Very highly recommended!

Here We All Are

Tomie dePaola

Book 2 in Tomie dePaola's 26 Fairmount Avenue series of early chapter books.

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Tomie can't believe that anything could be more exciting than moving to a new house. Then he finds out that a new baby is coming. Will it be a sister? That's what Tomie hopes. While he's waiting for her to arrive, there is plenty to keep him busy, including tap dancing lessons and tryouts for a play about Peter Rabbit. We can share Tomie dePaola's funny personal memories that charm both children and adults. Ideal for children 7-10.

Patter-Paws the Fox

and other stories

Brien Masters

$12.95

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Your early reader will delight in the tales of Patter-Paws the Fox, Sharp-Claws the Lobster, Lusty Lion, Trusty Mouse and many more. Brien Masters has taken great care in crafting the structure and style of the stories. The language, letter-patterns, progressions of word structures and sound sequences, have all been molded with the intention of building up the child's confidence. This leads to the more disciplined work further on in the book. Ages 7-9.

Trumpets of Happiness

and Other Stories

Brien Masters

$17.95

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Story teller Brien Masters regales early readers with tales of urban adventure. Characters both animal and human are a warm-hearted delight, carrying the student through carefully crafted stories that serve to build both ability and confidence in reading. Most children in late first grade or early second grade could begin reading from this book. By the end of the book, they will have become quite accomplished at an average third grade level, but don't count on them waiting until third grade to finish the book!

Magic Mangrove Seed

A Story-Reading Book for Primary Grades

Alan Whitehead

$24.95

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A lively and original graded reading-story book for classroom or home. For children 7-13. All Australian, all original. Contents: story material, punctuation, fables, nature, geography, grammar, health, seasons, foreign, language, fractions, farming, history.

The Last Little Cat

Meindert DeJong

Drawings by Jim McMullan

Softbound - sweet illustrations

$7.95

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Meindert DeJong, a Newbery Award-winning author, published The Last Little Cat nearly four decades ago. Now it is back in print to delight us all.

The last little cat was born in a kennel, surrounded by dogs and dog cages and dog noises. The little cat was always half cold and half hungry - until the day it fell into the cage of hte old, blind dog.

Then, for a while, the last little cat was warm, and the last little cat was well fed. But how could such a small cat know that the barn doors are closed at night and that there are people in the world who do not want to help a helpless kitten?

This story of how the last little cat found a home, not just any home but a perfect home, is one that any child will love. It can serve as an early "long book" reader (late 2nd grade, or thereabouts, depending on ability) or a warm and loving "read-to-me" (age 4 and up). A true book for the heart.

Grades 2-4.

Frog and Toad are Friends

Arnold Lobel

$3.99

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When my son was having difficulty reading in second grade, his teacher suggested I get him a copy of Frog and Toad Are Friends as an enticement for him to learn this skill. It worked! Frog and Toad Are Friends is such an engaging, warming story that it pulled him right along into the world of the written word. Whether they're telling stories, taking walks, or writing letters, Frog and Toad always help each other out, just like all best friends. There are five great stories about their adventures in this book - each of them written for young readers in grades 1-3.

Days with Frog and Toad

Arnold Lobel

Softbound

$3.99

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Good friends like Frog and Toad enjoy spending their days together. They fly kites, celebrate Toad's birthday, and share the shivers when one of them tells a scary story. Here are five funny stories that celebrate friendship all day, every day. A great way to introduce boys and girls to reading - grades 1-3 level, approximately.

Frog and Toad All Year

Arnold Lobel

Softbound

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Because Frog and Toad are such good friends, they are together through every season. Each sweet, warm and really fun story in this early reader finds Frog and Toad making the very best of the changing seasons. The illustrations are charming and abundant - a constant invitation and welcome to the world of the printed word. Grades 1-3 reading level, approximately. [These stories are so good, they can also be used as 'read-alouds' for children too young to read themselves.]

Frog and Toad Together

Arnold Lobel

Softbound

$3.99

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Frog and Toad are always together. Here are five stories about flowers, cookies, bravery, dreams, and especially, friendship. This is a warm and lively little book that boys and girls like equally well - grades 1-3 reading level, approximately.