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


Molly and the Beanstalk by Pippa Goodhart
Published by Walker Books Ltd., 2001
ISBN 0-7445-5981-2
Illustrations © Brita Granström, 2001

Books by popular children’s authors like Philippa Pearce, Dick King-Smith, Anne Fine and Colin McNaughton make up the Sprinters series published by Walker Books. They are ideal first books for beginner readers. Well-spaced text in large print with plenty of illustration will entice children as young as five or six to read them.

Little Molly sows a story seed just by wishing she could see new places and meet new people. As the clouds melt away and the weather gets hotter the story begins. Many problems have to be solved before Molly can have her happy ever after ending. She and Old Ma are saved from starvation by a giant Molly who provides the ending Little Molly needs. A Jack-in-the Beanstalk story with a difference!

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