Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Children love to learn to read with Ted and his friends. My own daughter was raised as a reader with these fun, friendly characters illustrated by Stephen Cartwright.
Usborne Books just released an updated version of it's compilation of phonics readers, better known as Ted and Friends. This latest version includes ALL phonics readers published by Usborne Books, and it also includes a delightful CD that reads each story to your up and coming reader.
When this book first arrived at our house, my daughter recognized the name of the book and oohed and awed over it. She was thrilled to see that all the titles were included and insisted on listening to the CD. Each individual title is read on the CD by a women with an english accent. The sound effects, especially the animals' sounds, round out the CD and makes it so much fun to listen to. After listening to the entire CD while reading along with the book, my daughter declared this "the best of all the Usborne Books".
Titles included are Fat Cat on a Mat, Ted in a Red Bed, Goose on the Loose, Big Pig on a Dig, Shark in the Park, Toad Makes a Road, Mouse Moves House, Hen's New Pens, Sam Sheep Can't Sleep, and Ted's Shed. Usborne's famous Cartwright Duck to find is also on every page. I'm not so sure anyone ever grows out of finding that duck!