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Books in Collins Big Cat Tales series

  • How to Make a Camp

    Jillian Powell, Tim Platt

    Paperback (Collins Educational, Sept. 1, 2013)
    This photographic non-fiction book gives children simple instructions for how to build their own tent in the garden using a sheet, a rope and some rocks.• This photographic non-fiction book gives children simple instructions for how to build their own tent in the garden using a sheet, a rope and some rocks.• Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development.• Children can recap the stages of how to make a camp on pages 14–15.• Text type: An instruction text• Curriculum links: Art
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  • Very Wet Dog

    Damian Harvey, François Hall

    Paperback (Collins Educational, Jan. 1, 2005)
    It’s a lovely day for walking in the park. Before long the dog is chasing a duck through the mud, and dragging its owner into mud and a pond. The dog is taken home, shakes water all over the car and Dad, and at home gets hosed down in the garden – along with poor Dad!• Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations.• Text type - A story with predictable structure and patterned language.• Children can follow the dog’s journey using the story map on pages 14 and 15.• This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery
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  • The Fantastic Flying Squirrel

    Nic Bishop

    Paperback (Collins Educational, Jan. 1, 2005)
    It's night time and many animals are sleeping, but deep in the forest a flying squirrel is waking. She is hungry and looking for food; what will she find to eat? Beautiful photographs show clearly how the flying squirrel moves, what she eats and where she lives.
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  • The Stubborn Prince: Band 15/Emerald

    Ciaran Murtagh, William Alvarez

    Paperback (HarperCollins UK, April 1, 2017)
    A hilarious traditional Norwegian tale, which will have the whole class in stiches. Find out how Prince Magnus gets on when he leaves home thinking he knows best, only to end up living with a ferocious giant determined for him to fail, which he surely would if it wasn’t for a little helper Magnus finds. Perhaps he doesn’t know best after all? Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Text type: A traditional tale from another culture Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions
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  • What If We Run out of Oil?

    Nick Hunter

    Paperback (Collins Educational, Jan. 1, 2012)
    We use oil every day – whether on the bus to school or writing with a pen. But where does it come from? What impact is our use of it having on the environment? What will happen when we run out completely? Explore the answers to these questions in this detailed information book, with stunning photographs and clear diagrams.• Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books.• Text type: A non-chronological report.• Curriculum links: Geography: Improving the Environment, Citizenship: Choices.
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  • The Fisherman and his Wife: Band 12/Copper

    Tanya Landman, Martina Peluso

    Paperback (Collins, April 1, 2017)
    A traditional German tale about the perils of greed, and what happens to those who always want more than they have. When a fisherman catches a magical fish, he has the chance to change his fortune, but will his wife’s dissatisfaction put everything at risk? Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions
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  • Melrose and Croc Beside the Sea: Band 09/Gold

    Emma Chichester Clark

    Paperback (Collins, Sept. 1, 2019)
    A summary on pages 26 and 27 of the clues that Melrose gives Croc provides support for children in recapping the story. Gold/Band 9 fiction offers developing readers literary language and stories with distinctive characters. Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.
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  • How to Make a Pizza

    Zoë Clarke, Steve Lumb

    Paperback (Collins Educational, Jan. 1, 2010)
    Cooking can be fun and easy! Follow these simple photographic instructions to learn how to make a delicious, healthy pizza.• Lilac/Band 0 books wordless that tell a story through pictures and are designed to develop understanding about how stories work.• Text type: A wordless instruction text.• Ideas for guided reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.• Curriculum links: Physical Development
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  • Pandora's Box: Band 15/Emerald

    Julia Golding, J Solomon

    Paperback (Collins, April 1, 2017)
    A lively retelling of the classic Greek legend, which tells Pandora’s tale of temptation. As she embarks life on Earth, she needs to follow just one last rule. She mustn’t, under any circumstance, open the box she’s been given. Can she do it, and what will be the consequences if she gives in? Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Text type: A traditional tale from another culture Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends
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  • How to Make a Maraca!

    Susie Hodges, Tim Platt

    Paperback (HarperCollins UK, Sept. 1, 2011)
    Ever wanted to make a maraca? This step-by-step guide will show you how, with clear, engaging photos that show just how easy it is to make and personalise your very own maraca.
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  • What's For Breakfast?

    Paul Shipton, Jon Stuart

    Paperback (Collins Educational, Jan. 1, 2006)
    A picture story about three hungry ants. The ants want to know what is for breakfast but they are not keen on dad’s sweet offerings. Finally he suggests an apple; an offer that everyone is happy with. The book includes several discussion features, such as speech bubbles and a clock that shows the passing of time.• Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion.• Text types - A story with a predictable structure and patterned language.• A story trail on pages 14 and 15 summarises the different stages of the book in sequence.• This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.
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