Author(s): Paul Shipton
Ant and Snail decide to have a race. Ant speeds off and is soon in the lead, but when Ant trips over and fall in a pit, he is glad when Snail arrives to help him. This story is illustrated in bright 3D colour by Jon Stuart. The focus phonemes for this book are ai, f, n, and r. Other phonemes practised are s, a, ta, i, p, c/k, e, o, d, g, u, h. "Collins Big Cat Phonics" decodable readers provide fiction and nonfiction especially written by top children's authors. They allow children to practice the phonemes they have learned, while enjoying a rich reading experience. This helps every child learn how to: read the letters that represent the sound, blend the sounds through the word, and read the word. The featured authors include Emma Chichester Clark, Martin Waddell, Shoo Rayner, John Foster, Malachy Doyle, Paul Shipton and Nic Bishop. It also features illustrations that do not distract from the text or act as picture cues, ensuring that children have to read every word. A special Reader Response spread at the end of the story supports comprehension and 'next steps'. Ideas for using the book in small group and independent reading are at the back, right at your fingertips.