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Oxford Reading Tree: Stage 2: Snapdragons Don't Jump on the Bed, Fred! - Leonie Bennett As my youngster has now started to learn to read and is taking off brilliantly as she ALWAYS wants to read, we have had to buy quite a few books of late. We were lucky to find a whole set of books from the Oxford Reading Tree which is a recognised set of books in many primary schools. Within the Oxford Reading sets, there are many sub-sets (ie: Snapdragons, Biff Chip and Kipper, Songbirds) as well as many stages in different age ranges. These books can get quite expensive to buy though they are great books. Unfortunately our local library does not have many early reading books so Ebay it was, and we were able to buy quite a few for a decent price. This particular book is apparently aimed at the age 4-5 in stage two. It is part of the SnapDragon range of books which also include; "What is it?" "The Animal Party" and "The best sandcastle". The story is about a little boy called Fred who loves jumping. He jumps on everything and is warned by his parents that he could get hurt. His parents are always trying to stop him and eventually come up with a great idea - they buy him a trampoline. The words are a mix of ranges in this book, most being able to be read straight off by stage two children, though some will need some work with parents perhaps reading along with them. Some focus words in this book include; "can" "I" "dad" "like" though there are some harder words also such as "jumping" and "Stairs". The story itself is simple though exciting for young children and is combined with some lovely, funny images. The book is 16 pages long which is just the right length at this stage of reading. At the front and back there are reading aids for the parents to help the children get involved with what they are reading such as conversational topics. This book is entertaining and has a great story for youngsters learning to read. Fully recommended.
Don't Jump on the Bed Fred is a stage 2 Snapdragons book from the Oxford Reading Tree series for new readers. As it's part of the snapdragons set, it's designed to be read in order and appears half way through the set of six books. You can often pick the set up cheaply, from stockists like the Book People, but alternatively you can buy it individually for £3.75 from Amazon. As with all of the stage 2 books from the Oxford Reading Tree that I've come across, this book is 16 pages long. It's a nice slim little book with a glossy front cover, that's both appealing and not too overwhelming for little hands and eyes to get to grips with. The story is a simple little tale about Fred who likes jumping on everything. He's jumping on the bed, the sofa etc. You name it, Fred's having a jump on (or off) it. Mum and Dad keep telling him no, and the story ends with their producing a trampoline for Fred in the garden where he can jump safely. It's a funny book for little ones, our grandson likes to tell Fred he's naughty and have a chuckle as we read this one. It's a little story they can relate to at around 4-6yrs old (which is the right age range for this level of reading book). Do beware that you may well find your child insists on trying out Fred's fun and games after reading this book though! The language used in this book is a little trickier than in some of the other level 2 books, but there are lots of picture clues to help children work the words out, and lots of phonetically spelled words too. The book makes use of a lot of simple key words that kids should have learned from the stage one books like 'the', 'like' etc. The only thing to be aware of really with this book is that the font is very different to the that which they use in the other books in this series. They've jazzed it up, and made use of quite a lot of different speech bubbles as well as placing the text all about the pages. For an early reader whose got a fragile confidence, this book is not going to be beneficial. You need to keep reminding the child where to read next as you work your way down each page then across to the next. Children may also get frustrated at how different words they know look when written in a jazzy font. Other than that, this is a nice book and one I'd recommend. Our grandson loves it, and though it's a little tricker than some of the other stage 2 books, it teaches important lessons about how letters sometimes look different, and about how stories aren't just written in consistent, straight lines.