four sets of stories for children
delightful stories, printed in large clear type and illustrated
with drawings by Mary Ward Thompson, are written using simple words.
The words are more than simple: they are phonic. That
is, they are carefully chosen to be those whose spelling keeps to
the rules that children have encountered at their stage of reading.
The few words in each story that advance beyond these limits are
placed in a short vocabulary before it (Words to Try
with the parent or teacher).
Educators have long debated the merits of the phonic versus the look-and-say or whole-word approach; the consensus seems to be that phonic principles best help children toward mastery over the tangle of English spelling.There is now also a realization that those suffering from dyslexia are best helped by phonics.
The stories are divided into four groups, for the first four Montessori
reading levels, introduced by pages with the colors assoiated with
these stages in the MNontessori system.
From simplicity arises beauty. These stories are gently moving,
and children love them.
6 x 9 in.; 66 pages. 2002 (as 4 separate
booklets, published by Alpiine Press with assistance of Univeral
Workshop); reprinted 2006; one-volume edition 2013..
Retold from Aesop: "The Boy and the Nuts," "The Ant
and the Dove," "The Wind and the Sun."
The Queen of Spain and Other Stories
"The Queen of Spain," "King Midas and the Wish,"
"Androcles and the Lion."
The Old Woman and her Pig
A cumulative storywill the old woman get home tonight?
Tales from India
"The Withered Tree" and "The Tiger, the Brahman,
and the Jackal."
(Level 4, yellow.)