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Ardagh, Philip: Norman the Norman from Normandy (Little Gems)

Magazine article School Librarian

Ardagh, Philip: Norman the Norman from Normandy (Little Gems)

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Ardagh, Philip

Norman the Norman from Normandy (Little Gems)

Illustrated by Tom Morgan-Jones

Barrington Stoke, 2017, pp94, 6.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 78112 697 4

I love this book for several reasons, both personal and professional. Here are five of them:

It makes me laugh. It makes children laugh. Not all books have to make us laugh but it helps to motivate readers if they have an expectation of enjoyment from page one.

It is easy to share with children and it is equally easy for them to read to themselves--at any age --but especially at demanding stages of learning to read (for example, at transition from KS1 to KS2, or for older pupils who are still struggling to become fluent). That aspect--being easy to read --is an essential element of any books we offer children to enjoy reading to themselves. No one will enjoy a book if they have to work out the words all the time. …

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