I love reading, and I love sharing my love of reading with my kids. I received a selection from each level of a series of early reading books from DK Canada. They are under to title of DK Readers. I sat down with my younger children, as they would appreciate them more than my oldest one would. Here is what I thought about the books I received. The opinions I am sharing about these books are my own, and are not those of Ottawa Mommy Club.
There are four levels of reading in this series of early reading books: Pre-level 1 (for kids just learning to read), Level 1 (for kids beginning to read), Level 2 (for kids who are starting to read alone), and Level 3 (for kids who read well without assistance). I like how there are different levels of books so your child can grow along with this series of books. As well, there are various topics within each of the levels of this series touches upon, so there is a variety of books in each level that parents and their children can choose from and enjoy reading. The titles of each book I received were as follows: Petting Zoo (Pre-level 1); Born to Be a Butterfly (Level 1); The Great Migration (Level 2); and The Story of Chocolate (Level 3).
Petting Zoo (no author was listed) shows children enjoying and learning about different animals around a petting zoo. The children are handling the various animals or insect highlighted in the animals’ environments. For each creature, the reader points out features to help kids learn more about its different parts, or the difference between an adult or child version of a specific creature. For each creature presented in the book, they also show different types of that creature at the bottom of the page, so the reader can see the different versions of that featured creature. I liked this book because it was easy for my daughter to understand the story, and she really enjoyed seeing all of the animals. Here is my youngest daughter reading this book with me as she sits in my lap.
Born to Be a Butterfly by Karen Wallace tells the tale of a butterfly from being laid as an egg, to becoming a parent and creating a new generation of its own. The pictures really help to illustrate the story for the young readers, and keeping them, as well as their older reading helpers, focused on the story. The information boxes in this book gives children a better sense of some of the parts of the butterfly, or the stages it goes through throughout its life cycle. My favourite part of this book had to be the story itself. For me, the story made me flashback and think about what I was like at different stages of my life.
The Great Migration by Deborah Lock takes young readers on the trail many grazing animals have to make every year in order to survive in the Serengeti and the Masai Mara in East Africa. This book mostly features the wildebeests that make this dangerous trek every year. The information boxes at this level are even more detailed than at the previous level, giving young readers more information about what is happening throughout the story, maps along the journey of these animals, and definitions to some of the terms used by the author. Besides the amazing photography used to illustrate this journey, the information boxes were my favourite part of this book because they helped us get a better picture of what these grazing animals face during their perilous trip.
My favourite reader out the group I received had to be The Story of Chocolate by C. J. Polin. It combines two of my favourite things: history and chocolate, though, how Polin tells this story was a real learning experience. Polin tells young readers how chocolate is made, and the history of chocolate, from its discovery in Mesoamerica to how it is consumed by people today. This reader used photos of illustrations as well as real photos to guide readers through the discovery of chocolate, as well as its evolution over the centuries. Unlike in the other levels of this series of readers, the reader is broken up into different sections, so the reader can follow this story easily. As well, the pronunciation of certain terms are spelled out for young readers, so they learn how to say and read these new words. This book was such a great read. I have to confess, I read it a few times by myself because I enjoyed it so much. I have to say, again, the information boxes was our favourite part of this reader because of details we were given were keeping us engaged in this story, and we were also learning along the way, too. This picture is of me on one of my favourite pages.
One of the high points of each of the books I read was that on the front cover of each book was not only a full list of books for that particular reading level, but there was also a full list of books in the next level provided as well, just in case your child may be more proficient of a reader than you may have expected at first. Lastly, as I’ve raved about throughout this review, the editors of this series decided to use amazing photography, or photos of illustrations, instead of just drawings to illustrate each of the books we read. They really helped to bring the subject matter of each of the readers to life, and they made my daughter want to stay on certain pages because the photos were so vivid.
I do not have many complaints about this series. One of the aspects of this series I did not enjoy was the progression between the Pre-level 1 reader and the Level 1 reader. For us, it seemed as though the jump between the two levels was much larger than the difficulty levels between the other higher levels in the series. We found that in the Pre-level 1 reader I read, the story was very simple, and repetitive. In the Level 1 reader, we found the sentence structure was more difficult than I imagined it would be. We also felt there was also much more information given between the two first two levels versus what was provided between the more advanced levels. I figured this might be due to the attention span the editors feel reading at the first level may have, or the amount of information they are able to take at this point of learning to read. For us, this aspect took a bit to get used to, but we still enjoyed reading all of the books.
Overall, I would recommend this series of books to parents who want to help their children learn to read. For each level, there are so many various topics to choose from, and each of the books I read was a fun read, so it kept my daughter’s fussy attention. As I said before, the photos and extra information each of the books provide to its readers really helped my daughter and I want to stay on certain pages longer and enjoy the books longer. So, if you are looking for a series to both educate and help your young ones on their love of reading, DK Readers are a great option along this path of discovery!
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