Friday, February 19, 2010

Review: Beehive Reader 1

I was sent this delightful book to review for the TOS Homsechool Crew and found that I did not really want to put it down once I started. This new book series has been developed to go with the All about Spelling line of products that we reviewed earlier in the year. We have read this book during school time, and our read aloud time and it has been enjoyed by both the older and the younger generation.
I would say this reader is definitely an encouraging, lively and beautifully illustrated reader. The pictures on every page draw one into the variety of stories. My 8 yr old son read the whole book in about 20 minutes. He enjoyed it and did not show signs of boredom in any way. This book does work really great with the All About Spelling Series Book 1, as well as just for a new reader, or even a pre-schooler just learning some words by sight. The following is an excerpt from their website on the content of this book. :

Your beginning reader will delight in finding out what happens when…
…a busy cat lives in a windmill
…a sleepy bear cub takes a nap
…a grumpy duck demands a snack
…a singing bat befriends a lonely king
… a curious boy shrinks from tall to small
… and much more!
The attention to the detail (perhaps you can see in the above picture on the right side of the page) in the illustrations is really what won my heart with this short 155 page book. The test of the book reinforces what the student is learning in in their spelling lesson which is what the company aimed to do. There are more sample pages of the illustrations shown at the TOS Crew blog at the following link:

Beehive Reader 1 is printed by Takeaway Press and the website can be found at . There are other reviews of this book at the TOS Homeschool Crew website too. The cost for this reader is $19.95. The link to the product at their website is The other TOS Crew reviews are shown there too if you need to see someone else's opinion too on this neat book.
I do think when my pre-schooler turns 4 we will be purchasing some of these readers (hope the next 2, 3, and 4 will be out by then) for him to 'read' as he learns his spelling too.I look forward to the years ahead of using this product. To all of you who are considering this product or any from all about Spelling I say Happy reading and Teaching!
As part of the TOS Homeschool Crew for 2009-10 I was sent this book to read and write a review. The above review is purely my opinion and we have not been paid in any way.

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