The Purple Turtle Graded Readers Level One are perfect books to introduce a variety of topics to young children. Throughout the twelve books, Purple Turtle introduces children to a daily schedule, opposites, colors, senses, animal sounds, family members, numbers, shapes, feelings, fruits and vegetables and household items. Each books is 18 pages and a perfect size to fit into tiny hands. The sentences are short and each reinforces recognizable words and concepts that the books is trying to convey.
My toddler absolutely loved the Purple Turtle from the moment we opened the box. He immediately began handing me books to read. With the length of each story, he could easily pay attention to several stories in a row. The colorful, simple pictures featuring the same cast of characters in each book is wonderful for introducing a new or more difficult concept to children. The sentence and word structure of each story also reinforced word recognition with a group of words repeating throughout the story. Some of my son's favorite stories are The Lost Bag, The Animal Parade, and Purple's New Shoes which introduce shapes, animal sounds and colors. In The Lost Bag, we love finding all of the objects with the indicated shape among the pictures as well as all of the airport vehicles. My son loves animals, so he enjoyed repeating the animal sounds in The Animal Parade. In Purple's New Shoes we enjoyed naming the colors and finding everything else pictured that was that color. The last four pages of each book are fun interactive activities for your child that relate to the topic for further reinforcement. These books will continue to grow with my child as he is able to go from being read to to reading himself and move up through the box set levels.
Since these books were published in India there are a few things that are a little off if you are an American reader. For example, there is a camel sound included in The Animal Parade and what I would call a ladybug is referred to as a ladybird in Counting Insects.
These books were received for free in return for an honest review.