‘I imagine that children who are reading this themselves, will really enjoy the story. Having worked in schools myself and sat with children listening to them read, I know only too well that some of the stories in early readers can be lacking. NotÂ The Smart HatÂ â€“ it has the plot of a picture book story, but told in a small number of easy to read words.
Paul Nichollsâ€™s illustrations are bright, fun and colourful. I especially like the night time pictures with all the nocturnal animals, with the beautiful night sky.
The Early Reader has a focus of the â€˜owâ€™ and â€˜ooâ€™ phonemes. The book is graded as Blue band on Maverickâ€™s Book Band scale. There is a great quiz at the end ofÂ The Smart Hat, to help promote discussion of what happened in the story.’
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