Key Words with Peter and Jane Series by W. Murray
Interactive Peter & Jane Book 1a
Ladybird books updated: Spot the difference in these Peter and Jane illustrations
These books cracked my eldest, reluctant reader with steady, predictable comfortable progression, no wretched phonetic decoding to thwart her success. Now nearly 8, she's left these behind and is reading well independently at an early reader level, turning into a little book addict which is delightful. My second child, who is 4 has been learning with the phonics method at school and finding it hard, again. I've now started her on these, and she's just enjoyed the satisfaction of reading the whole of 1A very quickly, and this on its own has boosted her confidence to try. Phonics fails so many kids, I wish I had found these when my eldest was 4! I just wish a more balanced view prevailed - that phonics alone does not serve all children well. For young phonics-resistant readers, i can't praise them more highly.
Once famous for its earnest, wholesome books that introduced British children to topics such as space travel, nuclear power and the gunpowder plot , the publisher Ladybird is launching a series of guides to help cynical adults make sense of modern life, from hipsters to hangovers. We can be anything we want to be. He told the Independent he wanted to help adults make sense of the world, just as the classic books had helped children through the decades understand how locomotives and computers work. Last year, Miriam Elia, an artist and comedian, was ordered by publisher Penguin to stop selling her satirical work in which Ladybird characters Peter and Jane were mashed with Tracey Emin-style conceptual art. She was told her art book breached Ladybird copyright. One passage in the Ladybird Book of the Hipster explains: This is a hipster.