I've enjoyed DK books previously but just discovered DK Readers, Learning to Read pre-level 1 and I'm very excited. I discovered Garden Friends while looking for books that used labels to help promote our reading of words. I found the text to use high frequency words and a repetitive phrase or phrases on each page. There are two sentences per two page spread and easily accessible for young readers. Garden Friends uses the sentence starters, "Hello, ___________. You are ___________." The realistic photographs are fabulous and then there are two or three labels per garden friend. The last page of each book includes a picture word list. Another example and opportunity for my young readers to connect words to pictures, reading labels.
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