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"Great Book! One suggestion" - by Kelly Stockdale (Cartersville, GA United States)
This book is wonderful! My son who is 5 years old is halfway through in three weeks. Yes, three weeks! In the beginning he could not read any words except for the words Yellow and Red - and his name:)
One suggestion that I would HIGHLY recommend is that you start out making sure that when your child sounds out the letters such as "L" to not sound it out like "La" or the letter "D" as "Duh". My son had a hard time in the beginning reading Old because he would say O la dah. Also, what I did that REALLY helped was tell my child to sound out EACH letter slowly and listen to what he just said and then say it FAST. (slow - fast method works VERY well IF you tell the child to listen to himself and then say it fast WITHOUT trying to ... full review

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"great!" - by isa
We are a French speaking family, and I bought this product to help my kids learn English. The repetitive form of the sentences helps them a lot. They easily understand most of it, thus building their confidence and enjoying this new language. I love it!

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"Not as good as it looks. but ok for cheap price." - by Misnoma
The appearance is deceiving as 25% of the inside of the case is padded with folded cardboard! The actual "books" are more like pamphlets. ie. 16 printed sides, staple bound, like a CD album booklet. That said, there are 12 of them, and the content is pretty good. Mini stories, based around selected phonemes. eg. the long "e" sound is feature in a story about teams and speed ... However, it seems that whoever put this together is not close to the original material. eg. one story refers to Chase's pods on his back being "flashlights", when every fan knows that one of them is a net launcher. My four year-old boy liked the suitcase, likes the stories, and - most important - is inspired about learning to read with these books. Because Paw Patrol is so fab and he loves everything to do with it. So ... good product.

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"A must for all pre-school and school age kids (and parents)" - by Amazon Customer (Brampton, ON, Canada)
[[ASIN:0439845009 Bob Books Set 1- Beginning Readers: Box Set]]
My son apparantly had problems learning the alphabet at school and his teacher said that he seemed "slightly dyslexic". I have spent time with my child and I refused to believe what she said, I looked around for books that started with simple words and small sentences and gave the child a sense of achievement. I found my answer with these amazing books. These books focus on giving meaning to each sound with small words and sentences, gradually building the child's confidence to tackle longer sentences and then bigger words. I realized that my son is as good as any other child in his class, he just didn't like writing, he loves reading these books as he feels this is something that he can do by himself. I would strongly recommend these books to parents who want their children to start ... full review

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"Just ordered these!" - by Amanda Lamberti (GTA, ON)
My son loves to read the "sight word readers" by Scholastic in the reading program at his school. They are always a big hit when they are sent home so I decided to buy them despite the Bob Books mistake I made at Chapters one day! lol $40.00 on 2 sets that didn't keep his attention very much. I love that the sight word readers are all different stories and they seem to really captivate him. We also enjoy the review at the end of the book. Can't wait to receive these and read with my son.

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"A nice introduction to reading" - by Betsy
These are perfect for a child just starting to read - I was looking for something a bit more challenging for my son, but these would have been perfect about a year ago!
The books have good repetition, pictures to help with unfamiliar words, and have helpful review pages at the end of each story.

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"Glad to have." - by Beth
Excellent content for early reader. Can read this again and again with value each time. Had purchased "How Rocket Learned to Read" by Tad Hills first and this extends the learning experience with the characters we enjoy.

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"Good early readers, after basic phonics have been mastered" - by Van City (Vancouver BC)
These books are often described as being similar to the BOB Books, but they serve a different purpose. I will attempt to give a bit of a comparison and explain where these should fit in.

These books are better for building non-phonetic decoding skills (e.g. through repetition and looking for picture clues) and reading fluency. Your child will already have to have some basic reading skills in order to read the lowest level book. I think these would be quite frustrating for a total beginner reader. Right from the first four books (Level A), they introduce a mix of short vowel sounds, long vowel sounds, silent letters (e.g. knit) and sight words. Each book repeats words or phrases numerous times, so that children can practice and master sight words and tricky words.

My 3-year-old has completed Set 3 of the BOB Books, and is quite enjoying these books. ... full review

"... complaint is the pictures are all black and white like a coloring book would be" - by Jennifer
only complaint is the pictures are all
black and white like a coloring book would be. kinda hard for little ones to keep attention on story.

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"They're good books, perfect for beginners" - by Sophia
My 3-year-old boy likes to read it by himself (with a little bit help). They're good books, perfect for beginners.

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"Great books for the advancing reader" - by Van City (Vancouver BC)
After working his way through the first three sets of BOB Books, I bought my son all three Tug The Pup boxed sets. Set 3 books are a perfect step up after completing Set 2, and will take your child through to Grade 1-2 reading level. The books are challenging, but not so much as to be frustrating, and they make use of repeated words/sounds/patterns to help children learn how to decipher new words. My son loves the colourful illustrations, and the stories are interesting enough to keep him engaged. They are more like stories than readers, which is nice. They come with reward stickers, which are a big motivator around here :)

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"My daughter loved!" - by Bela
Excelente book!!! My daughter loved!

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"Great buy!" - by Anonymous
Great books for kids learning to read. The pictures are very good and the sentences are short.

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"This is a good beginning for reading music" - by Jennifer A. Johnson (St. George, UT USA)
Though there is no substitute for one-on-one teaching, this book gives a very good introduction to the fundamentals of learning to read music. It has very thorough explanations on musical notation and offers many useful activities to build one's skill.
Upon finishing this book and its exercises, you will not have learned to play an instrument. What you will have gained is an understanding of how to read the notes and symbols on sheet music, which will be extremely beneficial to your musical development.