Suitable for children in Year 1 (age 5), The Scots Pine is one of nine books from the Cambridge Reading non-fiction strand. This strand has been designed to introduce children to information retrieval skills. Three books in this strand - Bubbles, Animal Senses and The Scots Pine - have been written by Phil Gates. They are concerned with very different areas of discovery and each is illustrated with a selection of photographs to encourage children to make their own observations of the natural world. These books contain extended captions for more advanced readers. Cambridge Reading at Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays to offer children a variety of text types, authors and illustrators and provide a firm base for wider reading.