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Floppy and the Bone is a level 2c book from the Oxford Reading Tree's Read at Home series. It retails individually for £3.50, which I think is a little on the steep side but not unrealistic for this particular title. As this series has now largely been replaced for the newer Snapdragons and Phonics books, you can get this on offer very cheaply from lots of discount book retailers. Our copy cost £1.25 as part of a four for £5 offer from The Works.
This story is about Floppy having a lovely big bone, but wanting an even bigger one. I like that they've included a little moral in here about being greedy, as it makes the story both entertaining and a little bit educational at the same time.
There is only one sentence on most of the pages, with each sentence only having around six to eight words on it. So this book is a good length to hold a youngster's concentration. There are twenty pages in the book which hold the story, plus an additional front and back cover page.
The pictures in this book are very cheerful and bright, which I like as they help to draw in young readers and encourage them to enjoy the book they're reading. The text is all printed in black on a white background beneath each picture, so there aren't any distractions behind the words and children can easily switch being just looking at the pictures, and actually reading the words.
This is a level 2c book, so it's designed to be read after a child has already become compentent at reading the earlier stages at his level (2a and 2b). There are lots of common key words, and easy to sound out phonetically spelled words in this book too.
I've not been thrilled with all of the Read at Home books, although I am a fan of the Oxford Reading Tree in general of course. But this book is that little bit better than some of the others in the series, mainly because of the way it flows easily and makes use of lots of very useful, common words. I'd recommend it highly and think it's well worth paying a few quid for.