The first half of the series has two parts to be read. There is a more difficult part to be read by parents and a simple sentence for children. As you go through the series, the simple sentences become more complex and eventually the books can be read solely by the child.
I found that with the inclusion of the parent-portion there can be more of a storyline – making them a little more interesting to follow, and I can’t forget to mention the great illustrations.
My favourite part? At the end of each book, there are comprehension questions and activities to reinforce what the story was about and the new vocabulary introduced.
Even more, each book has extra online resources to be downloaded. You can have a look at them here.
Here is a sample of a beginning story – Pirate Pat. The cover, a sample reading page, and a sample activity page.
Here is a sample of a more difficult title – “Moon Zoom”. The cover, a sample reading page and a sample activity page.
The best part – with four children, I’m thinking the hard covers will last and I’ll get my money’s worth.
I purchased the set (of 15 titles) for $60 plus shipping – which works out to less than $5 a book. It must have been on promotion or something because Chapters sells it right now for $95 (free shipping) – which works out to be a little over $6 a book. But you can also purchase them separately for $7.95 a piece or even as an ebook for $3.
An investment – but a great one. Keep in mind that I don’t get anything out of you purchasing them, except hopefully a “thanks Lindsay!” when you fall in love with them too.