Superman Classic: Superman Phonics Fun by Lucy Rosen
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Beginning Readers – My First I Can Read!
Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3
Pages: 12 pages each in 12 little books 5 x 5
Date Published: June 26, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s
Learn to read with Superman Phonics Fun!
Superman stars in twelve exciting twelve-page stories, each focusing on a different phonics element from short vowel sounds to common sight words. Build a foundation of reading with your favorite Super Hero!
Teaching a child to read is a long term project and I love the idea of little phonics readers like the Bob Books so it excites me that the HarperCollins I Can Read! series is coming out with Phonics Fun packages that are little boxes full of phonics readers. While these are the same size and similar looking to Bob Books these are not the same and not a replacement, however I think they can be a fun add on and reinforcement. Using subjects that the early reader is familiar with can make this activity all the more fun.
The Superman Classic: Superman Phonics Fun is not like what I have found with Biscuit Phonics Fun or My Little Pony Phonics Fun, these are more advanced. Longer words and a mixture of phonics rules even in a specific book. Example such as in a “short e” reader there is a mixture of “long e” and “silent e” in the words to read rather in comparison to how some Bob Books with have the text of the “short e”, but throw in images of “long e” for discussion etc. I do not think these are bad, I just think they are more advanced. But, if you compare it to the Superman Early Readers also found in the I Can Read! book series, those are a Level 2 reader so I think it would be safe to say that the Superman Phonics Fun and more around a Level 2 reader as well for skill. Level 2 is for readers that are increasingly confident but still need some help, they are past the beginning to sound out stage.
Yet then always, sharing these as a read aloud with your child always works as well if it is before they are ready to read them on their own. I am so glad that I Can Read! is increasingly adding more Phonics Fun to the mix and I think these will be a fabulous classroom addition. Reading is fun! Also look for Spider-Man: Spider-Man Phonics Fun and Batman Classic: Batman Phonics Fun for your early reading superheros.
*Thanks to HarperCollins for providing a copy for review.*