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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers: Rhyme


Animals Don’t Have Ghosts by Siobhán Parkinson
Published by The O’Brien Press, 2002
ISBN 0-86278-756-4

A Red Flag Reader from O’Brien Press, Animals Don’t Have Ghosts is just right for children aged seven or eight who are ready to read what could be called a short novel. Award-winning Irish author Siobhán Parkinson strikes just the right note to appeal to children of this age.

Readers will enjoy the constant war of words between Michelle, the Dub and her country cousins, Dara and Sinead who visit the Capital for a summer holiday.

Animals Don’t Have Ghosts by Siobhán Parkinson

They will also enjoy the never-ending series of near disasters that befall Dara, recounted with slight disdain, to say the least, by the superior Michelle.

For a complete reversal of roles why not read Cows are Vegetarians by the same author, describing the suddenly not-so-superior Michelle’s adventures on the farm.

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