Here are five first books for fledgling readers that offer the enjoyment of a good story along with the thrill of accomplishment that comes from independent reading. Written in short, easy phrases with carefully selected vocabulary and plentiful illustrations, each book helps youngsters achieve success as they have fun. The series follows three friends who love to share stories. In each book, one is reminded of a well-known story: Little Red Riding Hood in It's Not About the Hunter!, Beauty and the Beast in It's Not About the Rose!, Snow White in It's Not About the Apple!, Cinderella in It's Not About the Pumpkin!, and Hansel and Gretel in It's Not About the Crumbs! As one friend starts, the others are reminded of versions they know so each volume has three stories within one framework. The stories come from around the world, and Veronika Martenova Charles provides a note at the end of each book to describe the origins.
Easy-To-Read Wonder Tales is a great first step in developing a lifelong love of reading, and it makes a fine companion to Veronika Martenova Charles's series, Easy-To-Read Spooky Tales.
About the Author
VERONIKA MARTENOVA CHARLES is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books include The Birdman, illustrated by Annouchka Gravel Galouchko and Stéphan Daigle. She has studied at Ryerson University, the Ontario College of Art and Design, and has a graduate degree in Folklore from York University. Veronika Martenova Charles lives in Toronto.
DAVID PARKINS is the award-winning illustrator of over fifty children's books. He began his career at Dyfed College of Art in Wales, studying wildlife illustrations. He has been an illustrator since 1979, and drew the British cartoon, Beano. David Parkins lives in Kingston, Ontario.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reason for Reading: My son read this out loud as his reader.Three children, who appear to be 9 or 10 year olds are working on a picture for school then one of them mentions a few elements from a popular fairy tale, in this case Cinderella. Then another says that's not the version I've heard and they proceed to tell an ethnic version of the Cinderella story. The rest of the book follows this pattern until all three children have told a fairy/folk tale from around the globe that is similar in some way to the famous version of Cinderella. Then the final chapter brings us back to what the children were doing in the first place that brought the topic up. All the books in this series follow the same format.Cinderella is explored here in three variations. The first is European, based on Joseph Jacobs' Ash Girl and the second hails from China. Both these stories have quite brutal endings for the stepsisters/stepmother. The third story comes from India and is one of the few "Cinderella" stories to feature a boy as the main character. Needless to say, this book ended up being one of my son's favourites of the series with its certain boy appeal. I really enjoyed the first story and must admit to enjoying these readers as much as he is. Between each story there is a segue that returns to the original three children and introduces the new tale. The last page in the book tells the author's sources from which she based her tales that may perhaps inspire some to reading the original ethnic tales.As to reading level, there is no reference to it on the books at all. It would have been nice had the publisher's actually determined the RL for the books in this series. Though the publisher's website does have a "browse & search" feature which will let you see for yourself whether they are appropriate for your child. I'm going to go out on a limb and say they are about equivalent with a Level 2 "I Can Read" Book. My son, who has learning disabilities, read the book very well with moderate help. The publisher describes the reading as "Written in short, easy phrases with carefully selected vocabulary..." but these are books the parent will have to see to judge whether they are up to your child's reading level. Otherwise, I never find anything wrong with a child reading a book that is too easy, if they enjoy it. We have the rest of the series and ds is determined to read them all in a row and has already started "It's Not About the Rose" for his next reader!