We received some of the First Reader books from Orion to review; The First Christmas by Georgie Adams and Horrid Henry's Christmas Presents by Francesca Simon.
The Early Reader books from Orion come with two different coloured bands along the top of the book. A blue Early Reader means the book is perfect to read together with your child whilst the red Early Reader is the next step up in your child's journey to reading, introducing chapters in books.
Wee Z is a massive Horrid Henry fan and has read most of the books in black and white. The difference with the Early Reader books is, they feature coloured pictures and bigger words to make it easier for young readers to read themselves. I also think it keeps them close to the picture books they start off with as toddlers without rushing them on to black and white books that might not hold their interest at first.
Wee Z really enjoyed reading Horrid Henry's Christmas Presents, which sees Henry getting up to his usual mischief when he's choosing presents for his family. Unlike the black and white books, Wee Z finished this book quite quickly because the words are bigger and the chapters are shorter.
The First Christmas by Georgie Adams and illustrated by Anna Cynthia Leplar is a lovely tale of the story of the birth of the baby Jesus. The book is beautifully illustrated in sort of soft watercolours which I felt made it seem more traditional and quite calming to look at compared to other picture books we've read where the colours are bright and bold.
Miss C read this book with Bella and she loved it. It's a really great book to introduce young children to the story of baby Jesus. Quite fitting for us, as Miss C will be going to a Catholic school from August, where they talk about Jesus in class and at mass. I also liked the comprehension questions at the end of the book which helped to see if Miss C had remembered what we had read.
We received these books for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own.