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Friday, 23 December 2011

Castles by Stephanie Turnbull (Usborne Beginners)

Castles - Usborne Beginners

Who lived in a castle and what was it like? In this book you'll find the answers and lots more about the wonderful world of castles.

Castles is part of an exciting series of books for children who are beginning to read on their own. The easy-to-read text has been specifically written with the help of a reading expert.

This term, the theme for my children's primary school and so I have been looking through many books about castles helping with homework etc. However, I had not seen this book and it is perfect for the younger years (Key Stage 1 and maybe even to share with Early Years).

The book has a combination of drawings and photographs and is a great introduction for younger children about castles and life within a castle before looking at the more detailed and fantastic books that Usborne have published about Castles.

This book talks about castles in general, the types of castles, life within castles and also how people entertained themselves, what they ate, jousting and how they defended their castles. 

The information provided is to the point and in easy to understand language and will encourage children to want to know more about castles.  There is a glossary of castle related terms at the back of the book, an Internet link to encourage further learning about castles and also an index - a necessity for non fiction books and also great to be included in books for this age group.

I would recommend this as a great book for young castle lovers. There are over 45 books in the Beginners series by Usborne and I will be recommending them to the Early Years and Key Stage 1 departments at my children's primary school.

Thank you to the publishers, Usborne, for sending my son and I this book to review following his recent hospital stay.

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