Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Usborne Reading Programme

Next year Anwar, my eldest son will be in standard one. I’m a bit worried because he cannot read yet. He can spell the words but don’t know how to pronounce them. I tried the Ladybird Keyword series but don’t help much. My children don’t really like the classic-look of the book (remember Peter and Jane). So, I try out the Usborne Reading Programme series. It’s divided into four levels according to the words per book; Level One – up to 150 words per book, Level Two – up to 250 words per book, Level Three – up to 450 words per book and Level Four – up to 750 words per book. So, I bought two titles from the First Level, The Three Wishes and The Ant and the Grasshopper. My children seem to enjoy the books especially Anwar and he even try to read it by himself.With delightful illustrations and easy-to-read text, these series is very good for beginner reader like my children. For further information find out at

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Reprint Edition of Gyo Fujikawa's A to Z Picture Book

I'm in love with Gyo Fujikawa's illustrations. Thanks to Iza who introduced her books to me. Now I'm starting to collect all her books and what thrills me more is that there's going to be a reprint edition of Gyo Fujukawa's A to Z in September (ISBN:9781402768187). Gyo Fujikawa was an American illustrator and children's book author. She wrote more than 50 books and her books are regularly in reprint. Her paintings of children are recognizable for their happy faces, rosy cheeks and simple dots for eyes. Her most popular book is Babies and Baby Animals. I bought a copy of Baby Animals recently and started reading it to my children. They really loved it. Every time I read to them, they will giggle and ask me to re-read again.