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Before reading, children need the foundation skills for reading: learning shapes, recognizing patterns, sorting and learning how to anticipate sequences of events. Strengthening these key building-block skills will make your child s steps into reading easier and more enjoyable. My First Bob Books: Pre-Reading Skills are fun and simple books you read to your child. Each story contains important foundation skills as part of the plot. Inside the front cover you ll discover games to play with your child, discussion ideas and other simple ways to enjoy each story. As always, signature Bob Books quirky humor and silly illustrations mean fun for all. My best wishes for fun, joy and success as your family enters the wonderful world of reading. --From the Author

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Emergent readers are beginning to expand their understanding of letter-to-sound relation, sight words, and events within a story. By introducing letters gradually, using consistent short vowels, and carefully paced learning, success is possible from the first Bob Book. Bob Books® Sets 3-5 challenge children with longer words, new reading concepts, the introduction of vowels patterns, and the silent "e." Here are a few tips to continue your child's path to reading success!
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 260L (What's this?)
  • Series: Bob Books
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Box edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545019222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545019224
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.8 x 5.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lynn Maslen Kertell has been involved with Bob Books right from the beginning, starting with the first edition in the 1970s. Lynn pasted-up and hand-lettered the original Bob Books, created by her parents, Bobby and John Maslen, when she was in high school.

As Lynn's own daughter was beginning to learn to read, returning to the family business was a natural step. Her experience tackling the fun, bonding and sometimes complex task of helping her child learn to read, showed her that Bob Books really work. There are many skills a child needs to become literate. Bob Books' measured approach respects the steps that turn a child into a reader, and entertains them with real stories that kids can relate to.

Lynn brings the Maslen sense of humor, warmth and gentle encouragement to her writing, as she creates the next generation of Bob Books. She continues Bobby's phonics-based approach to teaching reading, and is proud to contribute to the millions of children who can say with pride, "I read the whole book!"®

Lynn lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and daughter.

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These pre reading skills are super important. Children must know their shapes, sorting, patterning, sequencing, colors etc. BEFORE they begin to read. They can be learned at the same time as they learn letters or before. I teach PreK and many children coming to me don't know these skills. These pre reading books should be introduced at age 2 (often these skills are not). If your child already knows their letters don't buy this set. For children who know letters and sounds get the Bob Books FIRST set. If learning letters get the ABC set.

Bob Books are very good for children learning to read. I used these with my 2 children and my students.
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I got these books for my 3-year-old as an introduction to Bob books. His older sister reads the 'real' Bob books, and I thought that he would like to be a 'big kid' with his own Bob books. The good news is that he does like them. We have read each one several times, and he knows the stories and the developmental lessons that he was supposed to cull from the stories.

My disappointment with the books stems from my lack of understanding of their content. I thought that they were going to introduce very early phonetic concepts, or something similar. Instead, they do not teach anything about reading, per se. Instead, they teach pre-reading skills -- shape identification (circle, triangle, and square), sequencing (what came first, second, and third), and patterns (circle, square, circle, etc.). These are all very important skills, and they are undoubtedly necessary skills for a reader to possess. That being said, it is a stretch to describe these books as pre-readers. These books would probably be better suited to a 2-year-old or a young 3-year-old.
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By N. Ezell on September 29, 2008
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My 5yr old is reading the BOB book sets. He loves them and he is reading very well. My 3yr old was not really interested in watching his brother read. I ordered the Pre-Reading set for my younger son and now he is very excited. He likes having his own books and he is learning shapes, patterns, and sequences while learning to follow a story. He looks forward to reading 'his' books. The characters are younger siblings to the characters in the original BOB book sets. I think this is a good leading in to the older set.
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My 2 1/2 year loves and really enjoys these books. He carries the books in the box around and knows all the titles by heart. I am very happy about this purchase.
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I highly recommend the Bob Books. I have used these books to teach my 4 year old to read. He now reads at a kindergarten level and loves to read on his own. he now reads signs and menus and is genuinely excited to read. We read one book for a week straight, then when he started to recognize all the words and could read it we would have him read that book and then start the next. We have used the Bob alphabet, pre-readers, beginning readers and now the kindergarten and they are great. Compact too, so I can carry them in my purse to keep him busy in the car, waiting at the doctor or at a restaurant.
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I love these books! My daughter is 3.5 and these are perfect to read aloud with her. We spend time together, and it helps her recoginze shapes and patterns, all pre-literacy skills. She enjoys the stories as well. They are short and it's easy to read 3 or 4 at a time. I'm very glad we got these for her!! I'll definitely be getting the next set in the series.
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I was nervous to buy this set since it didn't have as high reviews as other Bob books, but I'm so glad I did! Many of the low ratings say that these books are too simple, but that's what makes them great for a toddler. My son is newly 2, and as soon as these books came, we sat and read them all! They kept his attention so well, and he was giggling most of the way through.

My one reservation is that these books are paper, just like the other Bob books. That's great news for the cost, but I still might prefer paying more for the My First Bob Books to be sturdier. As much as I'd love to let my son look at these on his own, I'll definitely be hiding them unless we're reading together so they don't get accidentally torn.
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Great for my toddler letter and shape recognition. Eventually, words and reading because of early exposure with these simple short stories keeps her attention span. We read the whole box in one sitting.
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