Our family was blessed to be able to review All About Spelling’s great curriculum earlier this year. You can read that review here. Recently we received the Beehive Reader which is by Marie Rippel from AAS as part of the TOS crew.
There are 10 short stories in this 160 page reader. I was impressed as soon as I got this out of the package because this is a hard back book. Most early readers are flimsy paperbacks but not this one. This is a book that you will be able to keep through all of your children’s educations because it is made to last.
The pictures in the Beehive Reader are in black and white and Bella said she really liked the pencil drawings in the stories. This picture is from her favorite story about a bear cub who took a nap. The words in the story have a faint underline to help children follow along.
This is great for those of you using All About Spelling curriculum’s but can also be used as a stand alone reader. You can view a page that correlates the stories with AAS’s Level 1 book on the website. The price for this is $19.95. I think that this is a little expensive for a reader but it is very high quality and includes 10 stories. In our house, unless the book is a favorite, they will only read something one time so the price would probably keep me from buying something like this in the future.
My son, who is 11, did say that he would like to use the drawings to use as an art lesson. He is very interested in drawing and he liked the detail in the pictures.
This book has received The Moonbeam Children’s Book award. All About Spelling will be coming out with four additional readers later this year along with a teachers guide.
** Please note that I received the Beehive Reader from AAS at no charge in exchange for my honest opinion in this review. No other compensation was provided.