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    • ISBN:9781445154312
    • Publication date:14 Dec 2017
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Little Spook

Independent Reading Orange 6

By Penny Dolan
Illustrated by Joshua Heinsz

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This story is part of Reading Champion, a series carefully linked to book bands to encourage independent reading skills, developed with Dr Sue Bodman and Glen Franklin of UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

In this story, Little Spook is afraid of something - but none of the Spook family can work out what is frightening him. Then a little firefly comes to the rescue ...

Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.

Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Independent Reading: Orange stories are perfect for children aged 5+ who are reading at book band 6 (Orange) in classroom reading lessons.

Biographical Notes

Penny Dolan is a children's writer and storyteller living in North Yorkshire. She is a popular speaker with both infant and junior children, and has visited many School Book Weeks and literacy events across the UK, with her enjoyable 'Author Talks' and lively story-telling sessions. She has also spoken and performed in libraries, bookshops, museums, art galleries, historic sites and outdoor locations, and has appeared on the children's programme of several literature festivals. She has a wide interest in children's books and has been Chair of the Federation of Children's Book Groups. Penny has a wide experience of schools. She was a primary advisory teacher for English and Drama but has been a freelance language arts worker for several years. She has also taught on residential writing courses for children, tutored both storytelling and writing courses for adults, and spoken at conferences. Penny has a degree in Education, specialising in Language and Literacy and an Advanced Diploma in Educational Drama. As well as working on her writing, Penny enjoys drawing, painting, reading, chatting and daydreaming. Her favourite colour is yellow. Her favourite food is strawberries-and-cream, and she is probably the world's slowest swimmer. She has three untidy desks, two grown-up children and one rather bad cat.

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  • ISBN: 9781445154329
  • Publication date: 27 Sep 2018
  • Page count: 24
  • Imprint: Franklin Watts
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Flip the Flamingo

Penny Dolan
Authors:
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Flip is a baby flamingo who discovers it's hard to stand on your own two feet, at first! Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.Independent Reading Blue 4 stories are perfect for children aged 5-6 who are reading at book band 4 (Blue) in classroom reading lessons.

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Pirate Hank's Plank

Penny Dolan, Nacho Gomez
Contributors:
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Pirate Hank's Plank is an exciting story for all pirate fans who are beginning to read independently. It is perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band green 5.Pirate Hank tells everyone to walk the plank. Joe wants to go first, and he has a great idea. The pirates have never had so much fun!The Froglets series is perfect for children aged 5-7 who are reading on their own, with fun stories of no more than 200 words. A reading game at the end of each book encourages retelling the story and boosting vocabulary. Compiled in consultation with Catherine Glavina, Early Years Course Leader, The Centre for Professional Education, University of Warwick.

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Clever Little Monkey

Penny Dolan, Nicola Anderson
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The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Penny Dolan, Martin Impey
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Penny Dolan, Martin Impey
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The Egyptian Cat Mystery

Penny Dolan, Andy Elkerton
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There is something very strange about the Egyptian cat that Jed and Ruby spot in the museum, hidden among the Ancient Egypitan artefacts. Later on they come across a real cat, who follows them home. But this is no ordinary cat, as they are about to find out ...Race Further with Reading is the perfect tool to build reading confidence with illustrated stories in manageable bite-size chapters, following on from the Race Ahead with Reading series.

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Hansel and Gretel

Penny Dolan, Graham Philpot
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Graham Philpot
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The Little Red Hen

Penny Dolan, Beccy Blake
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Beccy Blake

Little Red Hen found some grains of wheat. Who will help her to grow them?A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story. Join Little Red Hen in her efforts to get some help around the farm yard!Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 1 stories are told in under 500 words, for children to read independently.

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The Lovely Duckling

Penny Dolan, David Boyle
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, David Boyle
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Leapfrog: That Noise!

Penny Dolan, Gerald Kelley
Contributors:
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The Winter Cave

Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards

The weather is turning and winter is fast approaching. Grandpa must get the winter cave ready for the tribe.This story is perfect for learning about life in the Stone Age.

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A Wolf in the Woods

Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards
Contributors:
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Mrs Bootle's Boots

Penny Dolan, Maddy Mcclellan
Contributors:
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In this fun story in a familiar setting, Ollie and Emma are left at school as their mum is running late from work. They help Mrs Bootle sort out the lost boot box. It seems a shame to throw away such lovely boots, but what on earth else could they be used for?The Hopscotch series features exciting stories with under 400 words by top authors and illustrators for children who are building their reading confidence.

Wayland

Danger in the Forest

Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards
Contributors:
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The children head off into the forest to find some berries for dinner. But as they wander into a clearing a large boar rushes out from the trees. How will the children get away?This story is perfect for learning about life during the Stone Age.

Wayland

Rushing River

Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards

Erg and Luli head off to fetch some water from the river but it soon leads them to grave danger...This story is perfect for learning about life in the Stone Age.

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Miss Polly's Seaside Brolly

Penny Dolan, Jan Lewis
Contributors:
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On a school trip to the windy seaside,  Miss Polly the teacher has a very exciting brolly ride! Will she ever make it back?Leapfrog Rhyme Time features fun, rhyming stories of no more than 180 words for children who are starting to read on their own.

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The Little Red Hen

Penny Dolan, Beccy Blake
Contributors:
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The Little Red Hen needs some help - she has some seeds, but who will help her plant them? All her friends are too busy! Will she let them eat the bread she makes if they do not help her?

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Adrian Mitchell

Adrian Mitchell was born in London and studied at Oxford University where he passed most of his time learning to write poems. After leaving University, Adrian spent several years as a journalist and his great claim to fame is that he was the first reporter on a national paper to interview the Beatles.Adrian became a full-time writer of plays, stories and poems and was regarded as one of the country's finest poets and playwrights. He was also a regular performer for adults and children and gave over a thousand poetry readings throughout Britain, Europe, USA, Africa and Asia.Adrian's plays included The White Deer, The Wild Animal Song Contest, Mowgli's Jungle, The Snow Queen and The Pied Piper for children, and for adults, Tyger (The National Theatre) and Man Friday. Adrian's version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company for whom he also adapted Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass for the stage. He also wrote three Beatrix Potter plays which were staged with great success by The Unicorn Theatre for Children - Tom Kitten, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Peter Rabbit and His Friends. Adrian passed away in December 2008 and is survived by his wife, who runs the bookshop Ripping Yarns, in Highgate. www.adrianmitchell.co.uk

Enid Richemont

Although I've lived for most of my life in north London, I was born and grew up in South Wales. My mum read to me a great deal,and I think it was from her that I developed my love of language. I also enjoyed drawing and painting, and eventually won a scholarship to study at Dublin College of Art.When I came back from Eire, I first worked as a teacher in a Rudolf Steiner school. Then I came to London and took a number of strange jobs, including reading aloud to a blind writer and typing out his manuscript. The typewriter I'd hired to do this had some paid-for time left, so I used it to write a short story which I sold to a women's magazine. It became the first of many, and the beginning of a successful career. While my children were growing up, I stopped writing, and started a small design business, making screen-printed puppet theatres, flying saucers and playhouses that looked like medieval battle tents.Work took us to Paris, where we lived for two years, and where, incidentally, I first encountered the Romanian gipsy girl who features in my novel, FOR MARITSA WITH LOVE (Simon&Schuster).My first children's book, THE TIME TREE (Walker Books) grew out of a story I told my daughter and her best friend to pass the time on a very long walk (the original idea came from a TV programme I'd watched about teaching children with hearing problems). The girls begged me to write it down so that they could read it for themselves - so I did. This book is currently being marketed as a film series by Wild Thyme Productions.TO SUMMON A SPIRIT (Walker Books), was one of the Pick of the Year titles listed in the Children's Book Award. I'm now published in the USA and Australia as well as the UK, and my work has been translated into Danish, German and Japanese.My first book for Franklin Watts was PLOP CITY, a book about bird poo which continues to be loved, especially by small boys. I have two copies of the Arabic version

Guy Parker-Rees

Guy Parker-Rees exuberant and energetic illustrations have made him a household name and one of today's bestselling children's illustrators. Notable successes include Giraffes Can't Dance - written by Giles Andreae, a worldwide besteller, and Richard & Judy children's book choice, Spookyrumpus, winner of the Sheffield, Dundee and Portsmouth book awards, and the highly acclaimed All Afloat on Noah's Boat. Guy lives in Brighton with his wife and three sons.