Earlier this year I was able to review Brill Kids Little Reader program. As an additional way to promote literacy with young children, Brill Kids has come up with an innovative book-design to help young children learn to read. This series is centered around Aesop’s fables and will have 2 Volumes. I was able to review Vol. 1:
The Fox and the Crow
The Lion and the Mouse
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
The Fox and the Grapes
The Turtle and the Rabbit.
There are several unique components in these books that are specially designed to teach your young child to read:
* Text and illustration presented on separate pages
* More spacing between words to make it easier to see words individually
* A blank flap extension designed to cover the illustrations as you direct your child's attention to the written text.
What We Thought:
I read this books with my 2yr. old and my 4yr. old daughters. The stories were written at their level and had big, colorful illustrations and rhyming text. The girls were intrigued with the flap covering the pictures because it made the book seem more like a hide-and-seek book. I liked the whole concept and the design of the book. The books are not graded readers, so if you were using this with a beginning reader, there would most likely be several words they would not know.
The set of 5 books costs $37.50 (normally $50). I personally could not afford that price for 5 non-hardback books. Though my girls loved looking through these books, I would say that they are more of a fun product to have rather than an essential homeschool item. I do like the concept, but cannot say one way or another if it really helps kids learn to read better than traditional books. They are a fun way, however, to introduce the world of Aesop’s Fables to young children.
Brill Kids website Aesop's Fables Vol. 1 books: $37.50
For More Brill Kid Aesop Fable Reviews See: Disclosure: I am a member of TOS and I was given this product free for review purposes only. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.