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Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers

by Bobby Lynn Maslen

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This book is unique because it comes with a cd which the child can play and read along with. The words are rarely larger than 3 letters and they flow very easily for the earliest of readers. This would be a great book for a very early reader because there are 4 short stories which are simple and quick to read. ( )
  hshell | Feb 28, 2011 |
This is a review of Book one (The AB Book) of the collection -

Annotation: Alligators, bears, bunnies and birds share applesauce.

Review: The AB Book is book one in the Alphabet series of Bob Books for beginning readers. This very beginning reader introduces children to the sounds of the letters A and B through a simple story involving birds, bears, alligators and applesauce. There are 12 pages and 13 words used that start with A and B. The brevity of the book, each Bob Book is only 12 pages, makes reading the whole book an attainable goal that should give beginning readers a sense of accomplishment. The black and white illustrations depict what is written in each sentence, making it easy for new readers to be able to guess the words if they need some help. The words and sounds introduced progress logically with emphasis on the type of letter sound; for example, the short a sound is practiced first in the book with words like ant and alligator. This is one of the very first in a series of Bob Books aimed at the youngest of readers and pre- readers age four to six.

Citation: The review I found discussed an earlier Bob Book series, yet the comments seemed relevant since the concept of the Bob Books, with the use of phonetics and a 12 page limit, are similar in each of the series. I was surprised to learn they were created in the mid 80’s and first distributed locally in Portland, Oregon. The reviewer mentions that what makes Bob Books so appealing to parents and children is that children can finish the book in one sitting, providing them with valuable confidence.

Publishers Weekly 250.47 (Nov 24, 2003) ( )
  Boohradley | Oct 26, 2008 |
These books are good for teaching beginning reading. There are pictures but the are not in color. This helps with keeping distractions down. ( )
  aross2055 | Jun 18, 2008 |
The stories are lame; the illustrations are simplistic. But my four-and-a-half year old daughter can read them, and loves to do so. Can't argue with the results. ( )
  clong | Jan 21, 2008 |
With numerous early reader tools available today the Bob Books series truly starts at the beginning. Arriving in a sturdy, compact, brightly colored blue box are twelve books, perfect for little hands just learning the art of holding a book and turning pages independently. Each book is comprised of 12 pages, containing three letter words. Because young readers are easily distracted by glossy, high color images, utilizing simple, black and white drawings help children remain focused on the words first and the pictures second. The gradual addition of new sounds, improves and expands the vocabulary of very young readers. Thus instilling confidence and nuturing the natural desire to learn new things.

It's important to remember that every child is different - parents have to decide (independently) what is best for his or her child and at what stage you feel it is appropriate to introduce educational/learning tools. Keeping in mind that it's never too soon to start fostering an education based environment.

I recommend Bob Books to all parents, care givers and teachers... it would be wonderful to see these colorful little boxes on shelves from coast to coast. The best way to encourage a new generation of readers is to start early! I will share Bob Books with my grandkids...someday!

Happy Reading!
3Rs-Real Reader Reviews

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Bob Books have been divided into 5 sets, each gradually adding new sights and sounds featuring a controlled vocabulary.
As a teacher, the author Bobby Lynn Maslen created simple, easy to read stories for her students. These would eventually be organized and released in the form of Bob Books. Each of the five boxed sets are uniquely color coded and continue your childs progression into the world of independent reading. The beginning set that introduces young children to the basic idea of connecting letters and organizing them to make words and utilizing phonics to sound words out.

The Magic of Bob Books from Scholastic
5 sets
Set 1: Beginning Readers (blue box) = 12 books, 12 pages each, 3 letter words, consistent sounds

Set 2: Advancing Readers (orange box) = 12 books, 16 pages each, Primarily 3 letter words, consistent sounds & sight words.
Set 3: Word Families (yellow box) = 10 books, 16 pages each, 8 stories + 2 activity books. Short vowels
continue, adding blends & compound words

Set 4: Compound Words (gray box) = 4 books of 16 pages each + 4 books of 24 pages each. New blends,
more sight words, & longer compound words

Set 5: Long Vowels (red box) = 4 books of 16 pages each + 4 books of 24 pages each. New blends, more
sight words, & longer compound words. Strong emphasis on long vowels. ( )
  3Rs | Oct 18, 2007 |
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Teach a child letter sounds with Bob Books Set 1! With four letters in the first story, children can read a whole book. Consistent new sounds are added gradually, until young readers have read books with all letters of the alphabet (except Q). Short vowels and three-letter words in simple sentences make Bob Books Set 1 a fun confidence builder. With little books, come big success. (TM)

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Stories and pictures to make learning alphabet sounds enjoyable.

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