Early Readers from Orion

As you know I’m always reading to Monkey aged nearly 4 years.  We read a lot of picture books that are clearly suited for his age, but we often spend time reading books aimed at older children, whether it be factual books or books like the Early Readers from Orion.  You may remember our last couple of Early Reader reviews.  Monkey has loved my reading these stories to him so we were thrilled to receive another couple in the post recently.

Our first Early Reader book was Mondays at Monster School by Ruth Louise Symes and illustrated by Rosie Reeve.

Mondays at Monster School, Early Readers from Orion
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Mondays at Monster School is a blue band, Early Reader book – suitable for young children beginning to read with assistance.  The language is simple with large easily readable text.  Obviously Monkey is not reading by himself yet, but he loved this 50 page story of two little Monsters who are apprehensive of their first day at school.

Mondays at Monster School, Early Readers from Orion
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It’s a wonderful tale of two friends who overcome their fears and actually enjoy their first day at school so much that they can’t wait to go back on Tuesday!  Monkey loved the descriptive language – stomping, slime painting, mud splashing.  He giggled his way through the story.  The colourful illustrations were a perfect accompaniment for the text.

When you reach the end of the story there are five observation pages which ask the early reader about the story.  A great idea to ensure that young children are understanding the book they have been reading.

Next up was Miranda the Explorer by James Mayhew.

Miranda the Explorer, Early Readers from Orion
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Miranda the Explorer is a red band, Early reader book, so, the next stage on from the blue band.  The text font is smaller, there are considerably more words per page and they are more complex.  The book is 74 pages long but I was still able to hold Monkey’s attention when I read to him.

This is a fun story about a little girl, Miranda, who accidentally travels the world in a hot air balloon.  She travels far and wide and makes friends a long the way who help her return home.

Miranda the Explorer, Early Readers from Orion
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We often talk about foreign countries as Monkey’s grandparents live in Spain – he actually recognised one of the illustrations as being the bridge in Ronda where we have been.  Although he doesn’t really understand the difference between countries, he was still interested to see the different places that Miranda visited and we talked about each in turn.

Miranda the Explorer, Early Readers from Orion
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We’d seen a hot air balloon on our way home from Longleat recently, so it was great to read the story and for Monkey to see how the balloon could go up in the sky and come back to earth.  I’m sure older children will really enjoy reading this story whilst also learning more about the world we live in.

Both paperback Early Readers from Orion are available for £4.99.

disclaimer:  we were sent these books for the purpose of review, our comments however, remain our own honest opinions.

About Over 40 and a Mum to One

I'm a Mum in my late 40′s with a 7 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school. We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds. We love reviewing toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure. If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

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