Rating & Summary: 5 If you have a beginning reader, you will adore this. We actually found out that my daughter was reading when she opened up the Beehive Reader and started reading it to us! As no one had read this to her yet, we knew she could do it. She thought the stories were hysterical. I was a bit in shock, but ran and got my cellphone and took the movie below:)
This charming hardbound children’s book is more than a delightful storybook. It is also a phonics based Reader. Darling illustrations and catchy storylines will get your child’s attention!
The reader can be used alone or with the All About Spelling Curriculum (AAS)–this particular reader correlates with AAS level 1. I have not used the program, but many people I know like the entire program. After seeing the quality of this reader, I know I need the All About Spelling Program:)
I also like the size–5.5×8.5–perfect for small hands. The quality of the binding and pages pleased me. I was surprised to find the inside illustrations in black and white, but that actually helps to not distract from the text.
The reader has 160 pages and some creative tales that are perfect for kids:
…a busy cat lives in a windmill
…a sleepy bear cub takes a nap
…a grumpy duck demands a snack
…a singing bat befriends a lonely king
… a curious boy shrinks from tall to small
You can see a sample from “At The Pond,” here.
The Beehive Reader sells for $19.99. At first, I thought this was pricey. But, then I thought about the fact that it is well bound and has 160 pages–and, created to teach reading skills–not just for fun. So, the stories are specifically targeted to help new readers do well and not get frustrated–for me, that is money well spent.
There are also plans for another reader to come out in the Spring. I will be looking for it!
To see what my TOS crewmates have to say about AAS and the Beehive Reader, click here.
The Beehive Reader was provided to me for the purpose of my review. I have expressed my unbiased opinion on this product.