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Last year as my daughter was finishing reception at school I was a little concerned that she would lose interest in reading and the like through the holidays so I wanted to buy her some of the Oxford Reading Tree books, I looked on Ebay and found a set of 6 secondhand ones for £5 including delivery which I bought her and this was one of the set. The book currently sells for £3.87 on Amazon with free delivery.
The front cover of the book actually would be pretty scary to a child if you ask me, it pictures Floppy the Dog running across with flames behind him and he looks petrified. It states on the book that this is level 3c, Sophie left reception at level 3 so it was the correct level for her at the time, it states on the back that this is for a child who can recognise 10-20 words by sight, can read simple sentences and know all the initial letter sounds.
The book is about Floppy the Dog who is dreaming about Dragons, he sees a Dragon and her baby but the Mother roars at him and flaps her wings. The mother Dragon chases Floppy and breathe fire so Floppy is scared and he hides, the Dragon keeps chasing Floppy. The Dragon sets fire to a bridge that Floppy is running across so he has to run back and comes to the baby Dragon again, the Mother appears above her teetering on a rock and this causes the rock to fall towards the baby. Floppy is a hero and pulls the baby Dragon out of the nest and out of the path of the rock so then the Mammy Dragon likes Floppy.
The book is very simple, it has between one and three lines of text to a page and the words such as Floppy, Dragon and other everyday words are repeated often throughout the book to help your child familiarise themselves with them. The book has extras such as little creatures to find throughout the book and questions at the end for your child to answer so that you can check that they understood the story. The last page has a maze for your child to manage to get Floppy out of and then shows you what other books you can get and what level reading stage they fall into.
Sophie didn't read this book very well until she was at about level 4-5, she didn't really enjoy the story and she said that the Dragon was scary. Sophie enjoyed the little tasks in the book such as the maze and finding the little creatures but of course once your child has found them once then they know where they are.
There is a section at the front of the book with advice for parents for how to get the best out of the book with your child which I found helpful such as reading the story to your child and then having them reread it with you so that they can read some from memory. I think the reading books in this range are really great and really easy for children to get to grasps with however this wasn't Sophie's favourite book from the range, it won't be long before my youngest is reading them so she may have a different opinion but for now I would give it 4 stars.
The read at home books are designed to fit in with the Oxford reading tree books which are used in 80% of primary schools. My son's school uses this scheme and so when I spotted these books in The Works for just a pound each I picked up a few for my reception aged son.
There are five different levels of the books that you can buy, with five books in each series. They are written by Roderick Hunt and are illustrated by Alex Brychta. They follow a family which consists of mum, dad, Biff, Chip and Kipper and their dog Floppy.
Level one: This is for children who are just getting ready to start reading.
Level two: This is for children who are starting to read.
Level three: This is for children who are becoming a reader.
Level four: This is for children who are on their way to becoming a confident reader.
Level five: This is for children who can read with confidence.
Dragon Danger is a level three book and my son who has just finished reception year at school is more than capable of reading this book on his own. He is about to begin level five books at school though.
This story is about Floppy the dogs dream in which he dreams about a mother dragon and her baby. The mother dragon at first is chasing Floppy and breathing fire at him but then at the end of the story Floppy manages to save her baby from being squished by a rock and so the mummy dragon is then happy with him.
My son really enjoys this book in particular out of the books in this series that he has-I think it is because of the drama as Floppy is being chased by a fire breathing dragon!
The sentences are simple and have words in them that your child will be learning at school if they follow the Oxford reading tree series. The illustrations are once more great. There is always something interesting to talk about with the pictures as with these books the illustrations can often tell as much of the story as, if not more, than the sentences in the book.
At the end of the book there are a few questions which you can talk about with your child which encourage your child to think a bit more about the story.
My son really enjoys these books and I would thoroughly recommend them. I am going to definitely purchase some of the level five books when I get the chance as I really like to see my son feeling confident when reading these books!