Nick Page, Claire Page
(Make Believe Ideas, Jan. 27, 2006)
Read with Me is a series of reading books designed to develop the confidence of young children between the ages of 5 and 7. Using familiar and new tales, the fun texts complement the child's more formal learning. Current developments in the teaching of reading, writing and speaking guide the text and are behind the range of activities at the end of each book. Many of the stories are told in rhyme, and others have rhythmic, rhyming sections. In most books certain phrases are repeated to encourage the less confident reader. The text is positioned on pale colors to help dyslexic readers. The newly commissioned child-friendly illustrations complement the text, reinforcing the humor found in it. At the end of each book a range of activities encourages the child to think about what they have read, retell it in their own words, and talk about it.