Sam the squirrel has seen a juicy looking nut at the top of a tree, but when he tries to knock it down, it falls to the ground and into the paws of a cat and a dog. Will he ever get his nut back? Beautiful illustrations by Giuditta Gaviraghi accompany this story.
This is a Pink/1B book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme. It's a simple story of fiction, with a familiar setting for early readers. A story map on pages 14-15 helps children recap important events of the narrative and provides a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. The focus phonemes in this story are s, a, t, i, p, n, m, c, g, k, ck, d, e, o, u. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.
Sam and the Nut is one of the top 10 books found to be 'easiest' to read - most accessible and appropriate for the reading level - in the 2019 What Kids are Reading report from Renaissance Learning. Other top 10 'easiest' books to read from the report include Bad Bat (9780007412891), No, Sid, No! (9780007421923), The Magic Egg (9780007329182), Best Bird (9780007412853), Cat and Dog in a Mess (9780007235827), Get Fit (9780007421961) and Got It! (9780007421930).
This is Book 25 in the Collins Big Cat Phonics Series. See all Collins Big Cat Phonics books here.
Sheryl Webster is the author of many children's books, including the Fang Family series for Pearson Education's school reader programme and picture books Tinysaurus and What the Small Rabbit Heard for Andersen Press. She lives in Liverpool with her husband and four children, who provide plenty of ideas and inspiration for her books!
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