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Usborne Farmyard Tales: Kitten's Day Out - Heather Amery

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Heather Amery / Edition: New Ed / Paperback / 16 Pages / Book is published 2004-05-27 by Usborne Publishing Ltd

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      24.04.2013 15:50
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      A fun adventure that will amuse young children.

      Kitten's Day Out is written by Heather Amery and is one of a number of stories based upon the adventures of two children called Poppy and Sam who live on Apple tree Farm.

      Written for young readers Kitten's Day Out takes on the same structure of writing as other stories in the series. It starts off with exactly the same words as the other books 'This is Apple Tree Farm. This is Mrs Boot. . .' It then follows the excitement of Sam's kitten called Fluff who disappears. Where could she be? Suddenly they realise that maybe Fluff had got on the truck. So the adventure begins and with the help of Ted they go searching for the truck and Fluff.

      The story is an easy read perfect for reading just before bedtime. The story is humorous especially when the sheep block the road. This part always makes my son laugh! I used to share this story with my son when he was very little and he would love looking at the colourful illustrations by Stephen Cartwright. Now that he has started to read the books are still of great interest but now because he can read parts On his own. The large font makes it easier to read and the fact it is a short story is a godsend at night when he wants two stories to be read.

      The RRP is £3.99 for this storybook. I bought Kitten's Day Out as part of a set of twenty for £18. This story is well worth £3.99 but worth shopping around.

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        07.08.2009 18:48
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        An excellent introduction to developing reading skills.

        Knowing how my grandchildren have enjoyed The Naughty Sheep written by Heather Amery and illustrated by Stephen Cartwright. I couldn't resist buying another book in the series called Kitten's Day Out.

        It is a 16 paged paper backed book also written by Heather Amery and beautifully illustrated by Stephen Cartwright.
        The RRP is £3.99 but can be bought cheaper at Tesco's and on line.
        ISBN 0746062141

        I like the fact that all the books in the series have all been written with the help of a language expert to ensure that young children can succeed in developing their reading skills.

        The book is part of a series of books based around Apple Tree Farm and includes Mrs Boot the farmer, her children Poppy and Sam and a dog called Rusty. However, in this story we are introduced to Mr. Bran the truck driver and Ted who works on the farm. This short story is about a kitten called Fluff.

        The story starts with Sam (the little boy) playing with the kitten when Mr. Bran calls to make a delivery of food for the cows. When Mr Bran leaves they all look for Fluff who has disappeared and they end up going after the truck. Unfortunately their car ends up in a stream and water gets in the engine, when that problem is fixed they get held up by a herd of sheep and when they finally think they have tracked down Mr Bran's truck it turns out to be the wrong one. They finally give up and return to the farm to find Mr. Bran and the kitten.

        This simple story is well illustrated, with bright colours and characters, giving plenty to talk about. There is a yellow duck to find on each of the pages which makes this book so appealing to even young children who are not yet at the learning to read stage.

        I tend to read the story aloud to the children and talk about the pictures, getting the children to find the duck and asking questions like " What is Mrs Bran wearing?" "What's Rusty doing?" etc; but there is a shorter simpler text at the top of each page that I point to too encourage my granddaughter who is nearly 3 years to follow to recognise the words. She is already recognising certain words and because she enjoys the story it is read over and over again.

        I think this two level text is a great way for new readers to develop their reading skills.

        I would definitely recommend this book and others in the series to help and encourage young children to take an interest in story books and develop their reading skills.

        Other books in the series include:-
        Pig Gets Stuck
        The Runaway Tractor
        Camping Out
        The Hungry Donkey
        Scarecrow's Secret
        Market Day
        Barn on Fire
        Pig Gets Lost
        Surprise Visitors
        The New Pony.

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        27.11.2008 15:21
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        Small and cheap, great stocking filler!

        'Kitten's Day Out' by Heather Amery and Stephen Cartwright is one of twenty titles in the Usborne Farmyard Tales mini edition series. All of the stories revolve around Apple Tree Farm and the family that live there; Mr and Mrs Boot, Poppy and Sam and their dog Rusty. In each book the children have an adventure joined by the rest of the family or some of the other characters who live in the village.

        In this story Mr Bran has brough some food on his truck for teh cows to eat. Ted who works on the farm and Mrs Boot, Poppy and Sam all help to unload the truck. When Mr Bran has finished Sam stops playing with his kitten in the field and turns to wave good-bye. When Mr Bran has gone Sam returns to find that his kitten has also diappeared! Ted jumps in the car with the children to go after Mr Bran to see if the kitten has taken refuge inside his truck. So, off they go! On the way to find Mr Bran the children and Ted happen upon a number of little adventures themselves, I bet Ted was wishing he had stayed at home! As they drive around teh country roads they think they spot Mr Brans truck, much to tehir dismay it is not and Ted drives the children home without having found the kitten. Sam is sad but not for long as who should be waiting at Apple Tree Farm? You guessed it, and if you didn't you'll have to get the book to read it!

        Each of the Farmyard Tales books has a little yellow duck to find on each page. This is an added bonus and fun, interactive task for children to do. My son loves to find the duck and can often find him before I do! It encourages the children to look at the pciture and scan the pages looking for the detail.

        Each of the Farmyard tales stories have a unique writing style. On each page there are two sections to the text. A shorter, more simple sentence at the top of the page followed by a longer and more detailed sentence at the bottom. These stories are suitable for beginner readers (5years plus) and so when reading together with your child, first talk about the pictures and then encourage your child to read the first sentence, followed by you reading the more detailed sentence.

        For younger children you can read in different ways as well. If you want a very short story just read either the sentence at the top or at teh bottom of the page. For a longer story read both. Always remember to talk about the story with your child, looking at the picture as these are very well illustrated stories that will tell the story alone.

        These books are great for reading at bedtime and also for taking away or out with you. They are nice and small so fit into a handbag easily. The book isn't just to read as there is the find the duck option too. It will keep your child entertained for a long time. I always take some of these books when we go away for the weekend or travel for longer in the car, they don't take up much room so you can easily take a variety.

        I would recommend these books for both boys and girls. Their educational value changes as a child gets older. My son is 20 months and so I read the stories to him but for older children they can begin to read the story themselves using the pictures (making up a story) or starting to read the text.

        These books are published by Usborne books. They are only £1.50 so not only lots of fun and a great story to read but also a bargain!

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