Early Readers

Early Readers - A First Set of Six Readers

Written and Illustrated by Shelley Davidow

Softbound

$28.95

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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.

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

$7.00

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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

$7.00

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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.

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.

 

Magic Mangrove Seed

A Story-Reading Book for Primary Grades

Alan Whitehead

$22.95

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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.

Frog and Toad are Friends

Arnold Lobel

Can be paired with Spanish language Sapo y Sepo Son Amigos

$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

Can be paired with Dias con Sapo y Sepo

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

$3.99

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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

Can be paired with Sapo y Sepo Inseparables

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.