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A Poor Excuse for a Dragon (Step into Reading): Step Into Reading 4 Paperback – Picture Book, 23 August 2011
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- Publisher : RHUS; Illustrated edition (23 August 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 48 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0375868674
- ISBN-13 : 978-0375868672
- Reading age : 7 - 9 years
- Item Weight : 101 g
- Dimensions : 15.27 x 0.41 x 22.86 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
- Best Sellers Rank: #261,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We started purchasing more of these during lockdown remote learning and they have really helped her to find joy in reading fun books, she really enjoys reading independently and is already very confident when reading the level 3 books.
Since returning to school she has already jumped up two reading levels.
She reads daily to herself or her teddies and sometimes in her head but a minimum of 10 minutes a day is also spent reading aloud to an adult.
For some British parents and teachers, the American origins of these books could well be an issue. However, our daughter has learned a weird hybrid American-British version of English from her weird American-British father, so it's not a major concern for us. When she comes to a difference like colour being spelled without a "u", I point out the variant spelling, explain the difference and then we move on. Some of the differences my daughter finds funny - like the use of "Pop" for father in this book - and she has temporarily adopted them just for their annoyance/amusement value. The more complicated differences between American and British usage - such as the use of "gotten" - I've just left for another day.
As far as I'm concerned, the most important thing about this book is that our daughter enjoyed reading it and, immediately upon finishing it, went off to read it to her mum. Many other Step Into Reading books - although not all - are just as successful in making the practicing of reading fun and rewarding. We used Jolly Phonics in the early stages of learning to read a few months ago, but that scheme's readers, although they are much more accurately graded than the Step Into Reading series, are generally pretty tedious and uninspiring. We are getting through them, alternating the Green (Third Level) Jolly Phonics readers with Level 3 Step Into Reading books, but it is a bit of a slog and some bullying and bribery is required.
Although this is labelled as a Level 4 book, our daughter did not find it as challenging as some Level 3 books. She did find it highly amusing and she laughed like a drain at some scenes.
I'm left with only one question: what in the world is a Hooty Witch?
I feel that at the price was very good and is what I am prepared to pay for a child's book on kindle although we read it on iPad.