HedgePig Posted January 16, 2009 at 02:22 AM Report Share Posted January 16, 2009 at 02:22 AM Just to add my thoughts. I've read "Left and Right" and am almost finished "Two children seeking Joy Bridge". I probably knew about 500 characters when I read the first book and maybe 900 now (although, like querido, I certainly don't know them all with perfect recall.) I found that I knew almost all of the basic assumed vocabulary and learned quite a few new words from the additional vocabulary introduced in each book. This consists of about 60 new words in each case, not necessarily all very basic ones. I'm very impressed with what they manage to achieve, given the very limited range of characters. The stories are actually interesting! They also really do achieve their aim of repeating the new vocabulary very often and yet it doesn't become boring. My daughter is an avid reader and she sneaked off with "Left and Right" and really enjoyed it, even though it is well below her level in terms of what she knows. (I haven't allowed her to snaffle "Two children...." yet.) So although I agree with querido that these would be very easy for someone at the intermediate level, I also think that someone at this level may simply enjoy reading them for pleasure and maybe gain some reinforcement at the same time. Perhaps the only downside with these books is that there is no overall English translation, so if know the individual words in a sentence but are stuck on the precise meaning, you will need some other form of help. I'll be buying more of the current series and really looking forward to the next level up. (I do hope that they actually proceed to produce these fairly soon.) Regards HedgePig (not the OP!) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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