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'Ted's Shed' is one of 12 books I bought as a set aimed at young readers. I bought them a couple of years ago for me to read to my two boys as I had seen one of the books in the set at the library and the kids had really loved it. So when I saw 12 books for £10 in the book people catalogue, with a RRP of nearly £60 for the set, or £4.99 per individual book, I could not resist the bargain.
The set of books is based around animals with pretty unimaginative names like Fat Cat, Big Pig, Hen, Sam Sheep and Ted. The books support synthetic phonics learning, and are written in a rhyming style which is fun and engaging to small children. The book itself is quite long, and although my eldest son has been learning to read for about 9 months now from nursery and school, he is perhaps only just now getting to the stage where he can read these more himself. Up to now it has been me reading to them, with the boys joining in if they remember the words as we go along.
I would say really, a 5-6 year old may be able to read it to themselves, younger kids can enjoy it quite adequately if you read it to them. Older kids might see it as a bit babyish.
There are 16 pages, featuring a large illustration with one or two sentences around the pictures. They tell the story of Ted, who likes red. Today, Ted confuses all of his friends by moving his bed into his shed, and starting to do some DIY. Ted's friends have to watch him till the end to work out what he is doing, as does the reader. The pages are set out in a lovely appealing manner. Some pages have flaps with part of the text under the flap. When the boys were younger (2ish) they could get a bit eager about going on with the story and in some of the set of books, these flaps have torn. The paper is a bit thin for young toddlers and how rough they can be.
I find it takes about ten minutes to go through the book. The pictures relate nicely to the story, but are not quite as winning as in other books we own. Not lots of extra things in them to notice. This makes a nice bedtime story, with a bit of early learning thrown in which my two have always had too much fun to notice. I really like the series.
Parents read aloud: 2 -5
Children to read independently: ages 5-7, possibly 8 with at basic knowledge of both long and short vowel sounds and a reading vocabulary of at least 50 words.
A cute story with some flaps about how Ted turns his red shed into a caravan. Nice illustrations, short bold text and repetition will make this a good read aloud story for the very young as well as easy reader/ phonics books. I would strongly reccomend buying as a set with the other Usborne Phonic Readers as it much better value, and all in all, it is a nice set to own.
The down side to this book and the series as a whole is that there is no progression. They start with both long and short vowels and a few moderately long words for a beginner, such as drawing. All the books are similiar in difficulty, I would have preffered something that starts easy and builds up to more advanced reading. This set wouldnt do to teach a child to read, but used as extras with a good reading programme, or for parents to help there children get some phonics practice after school its lovely.
Ted's Shed is another book from the Usborne Phonics Readers series for 3-5yr olds. It retails at £4.99 individually but you can get it as part of a box set for a discounted price usually if you prefer. I got the box set including twelve titles from the Usborne Phonics Readers series for £9.99 from the Book People. I'm reviewing all of the titles that we own so please see my other reviews if you're thinking about buying any of the titles from this series.
This book is one that fits in about the middle of the series as far as difficulty goes. I wouldn't recommend it for complete beginner's, but I found that a child who had learned a few of the basics got a lot out of reading this.
It's a really good story with a clear purpose unlike some of the other titles from this series. Ted is doing some building, he's modifying his red shed. On the very last page we see what Ted was doing to his shed: did we spot Ted's clever plan? He'd turned it into a caravan!
It was a really rewarding read for a small child who'd only just recently started learning to read. He found the story easy to follow and was really amused and satisfied with the ending.
The text isn't too difficult, and they've kept punctuation to a minimum in this book. The pictures are bright and friendly with lots of attractive animal characters included. I thought the interactive lift-the-flap pages in this book were very good too as they had a real purpose. What I mean is that in some of the other books in this series, the flaps were there just for the sake of having them. In this book, there was something worth lifting them to discover.
This isn't ideal for a child who hasn't done any reading at all, as there are a few sentences per page and it would probably take them all night. But it's perfect for a young child who already knows a couple of key words and is getting the hang of sounding out new phonetic words without too much bother.
This Usborne book "Ted's Shed" is great fun to read with your children - as are all the other titles in the series.
Although my little boy is only 20 months ( a while of reading and writting - which is what the phonics books help to prepare little ones to do in the future) - he loves to get involved by opening the flaps on some of the pages and finding various objects on each page.
Rather a mouth full to start of with when first reading the book but after the first few times and as you become aware of the story it becomes good fun and each page rolls off the tip of your tongue!!! At this point you will be as addicted and hooked on reading it as much as the children!!!!
The story isn't too long either so would make good "before bed" reading! - enjoy!!!
This book is another one of the great phonic readers series by Usborne books. Fat Cat on a Mat is written by by Phil Roxbee Cox and illustrated by Stephen Cartwright. Within this series there are 12 books. They each retail at £4.99 or you can purchase all 12 books in 2 bound books that retail at £9.99 each.
This specific book is about Ted and his red shed. Ted likes his shed, he even has his red bed inside it. Ted decides to make some home improvements and sets to work on sawing and nailing some wood. His friends ask what he is making but he doesn't tell them, so what is that Ted has created? Read the story and find out, or place a comment and have a guess!
Each of these books is based on synthetic phonics - recognition of distinct sounds that go together to make up words. Some sounds are a single letter, others can be combinations of letters e.g. sh, ch, ar. Sounds go together by blending them and making words, e.g. m-ou-se = mouse. This method of reading supports children in learning to read as it can build their confidence at reading new words and enabling them to break the new word down in order to read it.
In this story there are a lot of rhyming words, again this helps with learning about reading and building words using the phonics method.
The story can be read alongside an adult. For those children who are beginner readers they will need little help as they learn the new phonic sounds and put the technique of sounding out the words into practise, e.g. t-e-d, sh-e-d.
This book has lively illustrations, they are colourful and represent the story well. Therefore they can also be used for helping a beginner reader to read words, using the pictures and the storyline to make an educated guess. This book is also interactive as there are lift the flap pages incorporated into it. There is also the infamous Usborne duck to be found on each of the double pages within the story.
These books are excellent for teaching children to read. They are suitable for a range of ages. The younger child 2 years plus will enjoy the story and naming the characters and an older child, 4 years plus, will begin to develop their own reading skills.
These are excellent and versatile books for children to enjoy.