Perfect for 'reading aloud' practice, the stories in Bubble and Squeak are based on traditional fables. Each is written as a mini-play, with two characters and two distinct voices, one for a new or reluctant reader, the other for an adult or a more advanced child.
The four stories are short, sharp and funny, and graded to allow for a child's progress. The first two stories can each be read in one sitting, but the third and fourth introduce small chapters which end on cliff-hangers to keep children engaged. In all four stories, the co-reader's role has more complex words and structures. As children grow confident, they often ask to read a story again, switching roles to play the more challenging part.
Kids love to act. In Bubble and Squeak they can be a wicked fox or a crafty cockerel, a grumpy lion or a squeaky mouse. Reading their part aloud, they forget they are being tested. Brightly coloured illustrations add talking points to stimulate their imagination, and the co-reader shares the fun.
Bubble and Squeak is the first in the PLAY YOUR PART series, crafted to introduce young readers to language which increases in variety and stimulus. Playing a part, children will soon learn to love books and to ask for more.
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Tracey Lloyd is an actor, writer and teacher. She has lived and worked in France, East Africa and Papua New Guinea. She is the author of radio plays, short stories and graded reading books for children in the developing world. She works with new and reluctant readers in an Oxford primary school.More about Tracey Lloyd