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Very Easy True Stories: A Picture-Based First Reader Paperback – April 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0201343137 ISBN-10: 0201343134 Edition: X-Library - 1st

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  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company; X-Library - 1st edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201343134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201343137
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the best ELL resources I've found.
Toby Decker
This is definitely a text I would recommend for beginning ESL/ELD students, and for new teachers to use as a supplement.
Luci
The printing is good quality, just the paper is the kind that is a bit cheap and doesn't stand up to any abuse.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am teaching an 18 year old student who immigrated from Ukraine about 4 months ago. I bought this book, sight unseen, from Amazon and I have had the most tremendous success with it. The young man laughs out-loud at times while retelling the stories, and he shares them with his father who is said to enjoy them as well. Since many of the stories were in the news, I have been able to embellish them. I am finding out what interests my student as he reacts to each story, and questions and answers are exchanged naturally between the two of us. I plan to try using this book and the sequels with deaf students who have not achieved literacy commensurate with their aptitude. The high interest of these books should be a tremendous motivator to help them reach their potential. I hope Sandra Heyer will consider publishing more volumes at the "very easy" level in the future!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Derise & Peter Wigand on February 11, 2001
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The cover says it all -- very easy stories with pictures. This is a fun book for very low ESL students -- especially in a class with mixed languages where translation is awkward at best. Heyer provides drawings that do all the translation for the students, making the stories immediately comprehendable to beginning students with limited English and reading skills. The stories are simple but humorous, or curious, and very appealing to adult learners.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
I read all the stories in my Very Easy True Stories book. My favorite story was Help! I Can't Find My Apartment. It was about a boy losing his apartment. He forgot which way to go and he didn't like his old place where he used to live. I like it because it was interesting and good and shows what to do when you get lost. All the stories tell what people said when they read it in the newspaper. I would recommend this book to 1st grade because I know a lot of first graders and I think they will enjoy it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
I read all stories in Very Easy True Stories. My favorite was The Big Tip. It was about a person who wins $6,000,000, then gives half of the money to his friend the waitress and it is her tip. I liked this story because it shows marvelous things that happen. I would recommend this book to people who are learning English because it is an easy book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 2, 2006
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I read all the stories in Very Easy True Stories. My favorite story was Is There a Face on Mars? It was about astronauts going to Mars and the scientists figure out if there was a face on Mars. I liked it because it will let you learn. I would recommend this book to first and second graders, and parents because it is easy. My other favorite story was Stuck. It was about 3 people getting stuck under a bridge. I liked it because it will help you when the same thing happens to you. I would recommend this book to first and second graders, and parents.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Caspian Can Read on April 18, 2007
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Can't say enough positive things about this book and this entire series. I bought True Stories by chance last year and ever since I've slowly been buying every level.

I sent for this level two months ago, a bit concerned because I really had no idea, of how the author had laid the story out. Needn't have worried. The one or two sentence captions under each of the picture frames are so clearly illustrated that virtually any student at any level can figure out what's going on. I have a nine-year-old student who is finally motivated to read and a mature adult student who normally has terrible difficulty understanding new vocabulary, who takes great pleasure in being able to figure out new words without having to ask for a translation.

The vocabulary is repeated and then the story is printed again, in paragraph form, with an actual photograph of the hero of the chapter. The exercises following the story are well-thought out and very useful. I'm ready to get the sequel to this level - All New Very Easy True Stories. Hopefully the author will make a third book - or by then my students will be so skilled that we can go on to the next level!!!

What an incredible resource this is!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leslie J. Rivera on February 3, 2010
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Excellent. This is the best very beginning reading series for adult students learning to read. It is high interest, low vocabulary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. Leong on October 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am currently using this book as a reader for my ELL low beginning students. The simplified text along with pictures makes reading more comprehensible and meaningful; what's more,the content does not condescend to the high school reader. The accompanying exercises are handy and helpful in the areas of pronunciation, vocabulary, and comprehension. My students are always impressed by the knowledge that these are true stories. Once I tried this book, I bought the rest of Sandra Heyer's true stories books. I consider this book an excellent choice for students of low English proficiency.
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